Prime minister announces new climate target to cut UK emissions by at least 68% by 2030

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, at the Confederation of British Industry’s Climate Change Summit 2008 at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

The British PM will proclaim one of the most ambitious objectives on fighting climate change in the world.

Campaigners further warned that the Government had to come up with a coherent plan to achieve the tougher target, since the current policy is insufficient.

BBC News has learnt Boris Johnson’s target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 68 per cent, or 69 per cent, from levels reached in 1990 by the end of the decade.

The goal, known as the NDC or national stipulated contribution, will be presented to the United Nations as part of the UK’s commitment to the Paris climate accord of 2015.

Britain has taken over the Chairmanship of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP), held in partnership with Italy.

John Sauven, Managing Director, Greenpeace UK added: “The government must now increase the action needed to cut emissions from our homes, roads, farms and power sources in the UK. If we want the future to look as different as possible from the crisis-ravaged world of 2020, then tackling the climate emergency, rebooting the economy and creating thousands of new green jobs is the only real option.”

Net zero means reductions to greenhouse gas emissions as far as possible, offsetting further emissions by removing an appropriate volume from the atmosphere.

Ed Miliband, the shadow economy secretary, said the current CO2 budget for 2023 was likely to be missed due to the government’s failure to come forward with action to meet targets in the last ten years.

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