Great to hear the news today that the Prime Minister has introduced new legislation to reduce the UK's greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The UK was the first country to implement legally binding emission reduction targets in the Climate Change Act 2008, and this legislation makes the UK the first leading economy to implement net zero as well.
I'm a member of the Conservative Environment Network (CEN) MP Caucus, which has consistently pushed for a net zero commitment from the Government. It's great that the Government has listened, and acted on, our concerns.
When I’m out campaigning in Mansfield and Warsop or reading correspondence from constituents, climate issues always come up as a key concern. I recently uploaded a video to my YouTube channel, which outlines the progress that the Government has already made. For example, the UK has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 25% since 2010 – that’s the fastest across all of the G20 developed nations in the world!
Ambitious plans are needed to tackle climate change and the announcement today is just another way that the Government is showing its commitment to a greener future. By enshrining this target into law, the Prime Minister has shown that the UK can and will meet the challenges of climate change, and be one of the first countries in the world to commit to play our part to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
Of course, more can still be done and I’ll continue to work with Ministers to ensure that we use the opportunity of leaving the European Union to strengthen and enhance our environmental policies. I’m lucky enough to have a great local team of Conservatives in Mansfield and Warsop, who regularly arrange litter picks and tackle fly-tipping issues. It’s really important that we all do our bit as a community to make a visible difference.