• Carbon Emissions

    09 October 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the promise to enshrine the Paris goal of net zero emissions in UK law.
    The Paris Agreement is a momentous step forward, and I am happy to see that the UK will build on its progress already made on tackling climate change. The UK already has an existing target of an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050, so to see it commit to zero emissions is very welcome.
    The question is not now whether to reduce emissions to zero, but how best it can be done. The Fifth Carbon Budget commits the UK to reaching a 57 per cent reduction on 1990 emissions over the period 2028 to 2032. This is a very serious and challenging commitment and Ministers are developing an Emissions Reduction Plan which will set out how this can be met in the most cost effective way. It is important to get this plan right, so Ministers have been engaging actively across Government, with NGOs, and with the private sector. I understand an announcement will be made on the timetable for this work as soon as is practicable.  
    The UK has already made excellent progress and is setting an example to the rest of the world. Britain will be one of the first developed countries to take coal out of the energy mix completely, with last year's announcement that all coal-fired power stations will close by 2025. Renewable capacity has trebled since 2010, and clear signals have been sent to investors and businesses about the shift to a low-carbon economy.
    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely

    Mel Stride

    MP for Central Devon

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General