The UK Government has introduced a new plan to tackle the problem of climate change. According to reports, the plan will cut greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050.
A statement by Prime Minister Theresa May hinted that reduction in pollution, will also ultimately improve public health by cutting down NHS costs. Initiation of the new plan has made Britain the first nation to propose such a target. Although experts speculate that it is now too late to protect the climate, many others also believe that the plan is impossible to achieve, however, the new development of the government has been widely praised by the green groups.
Moreover, Theresa May added that the UK was a leading example to acquire wealth through fossil fuels in the industrial revolution. Hence it would be ideal for Britain to take the lead.
“We have made huge progress in growing our economy and the jobs market while slashing emissions,” commented May. “Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children. We must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth.”
Under this act, the government has used the terminology ‘net zero’ greenhouse gases by 2050. Agreed by MPs under the Climate Change Act 2008, the UK government was to reduce emissions by 80%, but the new plan will follow tougher amendments.
According to reports, stricter regulations will be imposed on emissions from home, farming, industry, and transport. Moreover, offset planning will demand plantation of more trees. The report of the government’s advisory committee on climate change recommended a net zero target in May. It also added that if other countries followed the example of the UK, there is a 50-50 possibility of achieving the target-which is staying below 1.5C temperature by 2100; 1.5C being the recommended threshold for dangerous climate change.