The Telegraph also incorrectly says that the UK`s target was to bring emissions down to 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030, when in reality it was the 2050 target. It concludes that a “better approach” than setting targets is to “encourage investment in research, development and new technologies in the field of green energy.” But it is a global effort, which is why the UK, at next week`s Climate Ambition Summit, is urging world leaders to present their own ambitious emissions reduction plans and net zero targets. The CCC rejects the idea that the UK targets should be changed to include imports and says that the country does not control emissions in other countries and that these emissions will decrease if global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide are successful. However, the “zero net” Council states that, although the UK left the EU in early 2020, it has pledged to continue its cooperation with the EU to coordinate and, if possible, exceed the EU`s climate and energy ambitions. The UK`s current objectives are more ambitious than what EU legislation requires for the allocation of efforts, so we should not expect a weakening of climate policy ambitions following an EU exit. “Given the need for the UK to take our fair share of global emissions reductions on the basis of historical responsibility, we must go further and faster and commit to seize every opportunity to exceed this target and lead global efforts to close the gap to 1.5 degrees Celsius [the lower limit of global warming in the Paris Agreement]” , wrote the signatories. The UK`s CO2 emission targets do not cover the significant carbon footprint associated with the goods and services they consume that are produced abroad and imported into the country. “The government has not yet put its own house in order or done enough to get the UK on track to achieve older, simpler goals. It`s time to lead by example and increase our efforts,” she said. He also said that the 68% target should be achieved without the purchase of offsets from other countries – emission credits that represent tons of carbon dioxide that are reduced, for example by growing trees or installing solar panels in developing countries. Offsets are controversial and green groups want them to be excluded from THE UK CO2 targets. The government has decided to follow the recommendations of the CCC and will take the NDC through national measures in the United Kingdom.
Many other countries have set targets, most by 2050 (Norway aims for 2030), but they have yet to propose or adopt legislation that formalizes them. The only countries that are currently net negative are Bhutan and Suriname. BT has long recognized the importance of setting ambitious targets for reducing CO2 emissions. We were one of the first companies in the world to set a scientific target of 1.5 degrees Celsius – to reduce our company`s CO2 emission intensity by 87% by 2030. In addition, we are committed to becoming a net zero carbon emission operation by 2045. Under the Paris agreement, all NDCs are expected to be submitted by 31 December, but some countries are likely to miss the deadline.