UK to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 57 per cent by 2030

New government targets are in line with legally binding goal of 80 per cent reduction by 2050

Elsa Vulliamy
Thursday 30 June 2016 17:05 BST

The UK government has adopted targets that will require a 57 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The reduction will help the UK on its way to reaching the legally binding target of an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, using the emissions in 1990 as a baseline.

The move comes amid concerns that Brexit could affect both energy industry investors and the UK’s efforts to control climate change.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd issued assurances that the government would continue to prioritise clean energy.

“Setting long-term targets to reduce our emissions is a fundamental part of building a secure, affordable and clean energy infrastructure system that our families and business can rely on, and that is fit for the 21st century,” she said.

“The UK remains committed to playing its part in tackling climate change to ensure our long-term economic security and prosperity.”

The commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon emissions, has been well received by environmental campaigners and the green sector, which faced a period of uncertainty following the EU referendum.

WWF-UK’s head of energy and climate change, Emma Pinchbeck, said: “It’s great that the government has ignored siren voices from the fringes, listened to the scientists, and has set a new carbon target that will help boost the green economy.”

Hugh McNeal, chief executive of industry body RenewableUK, said: “Today’s announcement is especially welcome given the uncertainty caused by last week’s referendum.

“It’s a clear signal the UK will continue to show bold leadership on carbon reduction. This will allow investment to continue to flow into renewable energy projects throughout the UK.”

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