Sarah Newton MP supports new Bill mandating the UK reduce carbon emissions to net zero

Local MP Sarah Newton has today announced her support for a 10 Minute Rule Bill, due to be tabled on 30 April by Alex Chalk MP, mandating that the UK reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.  

Sarah Newton MP said, "I am delighted to be part of the team bringing in this Bill. The science is clear that we need to go for net zero, or we risk reaching irreversible tipping points.  

Setting this goal isn’t just about ending the UK’s contribution to climate change. Net zero is also a significant economic opportunity. The low carbon economy is growing two or three times faster than the rest of the mainstream economy, with almost 400,000 people working in these industries already. So I fully support this Bill and look forward to seeing it introduced in Westminster on Tuesday." 

In 2008, the UK passed the Climate Change Act committing the UK to reducing our emissions by 80 percent by 2050 (on 1990 levels). Last year the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report which outlined why it is so important to limit warming to 1.5C. The UK Government has since instructed their independent statutory adviser the Committee on Climate Change to look at this in more detail, and is expected to report back on 2 May on how the UK can reach net zero emissions. 

Alex Chalk MP's Bill aims to commit the UK to reducing its greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050 which means any lingering emissions are balanced out by, for example, planting trees which suck carbon out of the atmosphere as they grow. 

NOTE TO EDITORS: 

Alex Chalk MP will present his Bill in Parliament on 30 April. The text will read: 

Climate Change (Net Zero UK Carbon Account) Bill 

That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require that the net UK carbon account for the year 2050 is zero. 

72 percent of UK adults have said they are concerned about climate change (Opinium) and 70 percent think we should aim to cut our carbon emissions to zero in the next few decades (CEN/Opinium). A coalition of 16 major corporates including Heathrow Airport, Tesco and Unilever also backed a move to go net zero alongside professional medical bodies such as the Royal Colleges of Nursing and General Practitioners. 

Globally, bold action on climate change could deliver £20 trillion (US$26 trillion) in economic benefits through to 2030 (New Climate Economy).