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A short history of UK emissions targets


April 2021

The UK’s sixth Carbon Budget, which commits to slashing greenhouse emissions by 78% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2035 is enshrined in law.

The budget incorporates the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions for the first time, and will bring the UK more than three-quarters of the way to net zero by 2050.

(Carbon Budgets are required under the UK Climate Change Act (2008) and developed by the Uk Climate Change Committee: www.theccc.org.uk)


December 2020

The UK communicated its new Nationally Determined Contribution to global climate change: greenhouse emissions to be reduced by 68% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

(All countries who are part of the Paris agreement were required to update their targets by 2020)

June 2019

The UK becomes first major economy to pass net zero emissions law.

This law requires the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.


December 2015

As part of the Paris Agreement, the UK pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. (The UK's pledge is part of an EU wide pledge)



Chris Skidmore signs legislation to commit the UK to a legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050