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UK Government commits to net zero by 2050 - CPRE reaction

UK Government commits to net zero by 2050 - CPRE reaction

Responding to Theresa May’s announcement that the UK will set a target for net zero carbon emission by 2050, ending the UK's contribution to climate change, Tom Fyans, deputy chief executive at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said:

‘The government’s commitment to net zero is a bold and necessary step forward in tackling the climate emergency. The longer we leave it to take action on climate breakdown, the more difficult and expensive that task will then become. We therefore urge the government to be even more ambitious with its target, aiming for net-zero by 2045.

‘Now that this target has been set, the government must back it up by introducing policies that ensure that it delivers on its commitments. We need to see policies and funding that guarantees better land use, increases tree and hedgerow planting and reverses the degradation of our soils so that we can drive carbon back into the ground.

‘Many solutions to this crisis lie in restoring our natural world. While the countryside may be on the front line against climate change, it can also provide the solutions that we so desperately need.’

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