Climate Change

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 17th June 2019.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken in response to the motion agreed by the House of Commons on 1 May 2019 declaring a climate emergency.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

The Government fully recognises the urgency of acting on climate change.

I am pleased to confirm that on 12th June, the Government laid draft legislation to set a new net zero greenhouse gas emissions target for the UK, to be delivered by 2050. This world-leading target will bring to an end our contribution to climate change. We already have a strong foundation of action and leadership to build from, having cut our emissions by 42% since 1990 while growing the economy by 72%. And we are providing at least £5.8bn of international climate finance between 2016 and 2020 to help developing countries mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, reduce deforestation and pursue clean economic growth.

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