Energy UK responds to Government's net-zero 2050 target announcement
Responding to the Government's announcement that the UK is to set a legally binding target for net-zero emissions by 2050, Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK, said:
“This exciting commitment from the Government to meeting the 2050 net-zero target will see the UK continue its world-leading role in tackling climate change, and the energy sector is ready to lead further progress which will deliver benefits for the environment, the economy and customers.
“The power sector has led the way in helping reduce the UK’s carbon emissions to levels last seen in the 1890s. The fact that half of our electricity generation now comes from low carbon sources and the recent coal-free fortnight are both testimony to a rate of progress, at a lower cost, than anyone could have foreseen a few years ago.
“Net-zero can be achieved but only if the ambition is supported by the right policies. As our recent Future of Energy report highlighted, we need to go further and faster in areas like decarbonising transport and heating and improving the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses. This can only happen with consistent and bold policy-making from across all government departments to support the target and we look forward to working with the Government to achieve our shared ambition.”