Britain wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 68 percent this decade compared to 1990 levels. In fact, by 2050, the country should be completely CO2 neutral. The British government writes on Thursday in a statement that it is the fastest reduction in all major economies.
The country is co-host at a virtual climate summit on December 12.
“Today we are taking the lead with the ambitious new target of reducing our emissions by 2030, faster than any major economy,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a statement.
Last year, Britain was the first G7 country (made up of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States) to set a zero emission target for 2050.
Johnson already revealed last month how he wants to pull this off. For example, he advocates “a green industrial revolution” that will create and support 250 000 jobs. The plan prohibits the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, quadrupling offshore wind energy and scaling up hydrogen production capacity.
According to the Prime Minister, reducing greenhouse gases affects all countries, and he will therefore urge other world leaders to draw up ambitious plans at the climate summit.