To reach the below 2 degrees rise in temperatures and meet the Paris Agreement the UK Government has announced a drive towards net zero emissions. Sweden, New Zealand and France amongst others have already enshrined this target in law. Net zero is not the same as zero emissions. Net zero means that no more GHG emissions go in than those that are removed for the atmosphere. Net zero is more realistic at this stage but still challenging as it will lead to a redefinition of how many sectors work including transport, aviation and agriculture. UK businesses will need to look at net zero emissions business plans. The Government will need to implement further legislation and investment programmes to support this transition. The £48 million Government fund announced in late March on new ultra-low emission buses and infrastructure to support them is part of this initiative.
Claire Perry, the minister for energy and clean growth, told delegates of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that Britain would call on its official climate watchdog to lay out a route for tighter carbon controls in a move towards a net zero emissions economy.