Britain will today set a legally-binding target to cut greenhouse gases to “net zero” by 2050, Theresa May has announced.
The Government will set out legislation today to slash emissions despite warnings from Philip Hammond that meeting the target could cost £1trillion.
The move comes after the Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change called for the new legal target to be brought in as soon as possible and to urgently ramp up action to cut emissions.
Hitting net zero – a 100 per cent cut in emissions – will mean an end to heating of homes with traditional gas boilers, more green electricity, and a switch from petrol and diesel cars to electric vehicles, walking and cycling.
Every single bit of the science that says it’s worth doing something about climate change also says that we shouldn’t do it by setting emissions targets. So, what do they do?