Worcester’s MP Robin Walker has praised the Government’s refreshed commitment to tackling climate change by reducing the United Kingdom’s greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050.

Robin has always taken the threat of climate change seriously. Following the recent spike of national concern in this area, Robin wrote to every school in Worcester to request a meeting with teachers and pupils to discuss Government plans as well as the changes that can be made in our individual lives to alleviate our carbon footprint in the City.

Locally, Robin has also extended invitations to Ministerial colleagues to visit Worcester Bosch to discuss how more efficient boilers can help on the journey to achieve net zero, and how hydrogen technology could revolutionise heating across the nation.

Yesterday, draft legislation was laid to set a more ambitious, world-leading target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and bring an end to the UK’s contribution to climate change. The UK will be the first major economy to legislate for such a determined target, aptly reflecting our position as a global leader. Almost 400,000 people are already employed in the low-carbon sector and its supply chains across the country. Through the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy, the UK is investing in clean growth to ensure we reap the rewards and create two million high quality jobs by 2030.

From the UK’s first coal-free fortnight on our power system since the industrial revolution, to the Paris Agreement in 2015, our commitment in 2016 to set a net zero target, 2017’s Clean Growth Strategy, to the introduction of new legislation to set a net zero target today, there is no doubt that the UK is absolutely dedicated to tackling climate change and going green. Between 1990 and 2017, the UK reduced its emissions by 40% while growing the economy by more than two thirds.

Robin has hailed the Government’s strong frameworks for delivery in the Clean Growth Strategy and acknowledges that only by working together, across demographics and political parties, can we halt climate change; the most serious environmental challenge we face.

Speaking after the announcement, Robin said:

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome the Government’s pledge, ensuring that our commitment to ending climate change is legally binding. I think it is only right that politicians heed the mood of the population and take their concerns extremely seriously. Over the past few months we have seen an enormous increase in the public’s engagement with, and worries pertaining to, climate change and I am happy to see decisive action being taken by political leaders.”

“Following the student strikes, I wrote to all schools in the city and offered to visit each school, and talk to students to discuss their most poignant concerns. I have been fortunate enough to be able to visit many schools already, with more visits coming up over the next few weeks, and I have been inspired by the engagement of Worcester’s young people. I have also reached out to the City Council councillors and encouraged cross-party collaboration on this issue, it should not be a party-political competition, it’s for all of us to engage with urgently.”

“As we move forward with our departure from the European Union, I believe we should not limit our ambitions to improve our environmental standards to the best they can be.”

“As the first major economy to commit to such an unapologetic target, a global and sovereign Britain can also be a green Britain, and I am proud by the unwavering vow of this Government to be the first in the UK’s history to leave the environment in a better state than that which we inherited.”

Theresa May commented:

“As the first country to legislate for long-term climate targets, we can be truly proud of our record in tackling climate change. We have made huge progress in growing our economy and the jobs market while slashing emissions.

“Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children. This country led the world in innovation during the industrial revolution, and now we must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth.

“Standing by is not an option. Reaching net zero by 2050 is an ambitious target, but it is crucial that we achieve it to ensure we protect our planet for future generations.”

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark said:

“We want to continue our global leadership and that’s why we are introducing a legally binding net zero target to end the UK’s contribution to global warming entirely by 2050. The report we commissioned from the Committee on Climate Change makes clear that we have laid the foundations to achieve a net zero emissions economy, and that it is necessary and feasible.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For the Government’s official announcement, please see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-theresa-may-we-will-end-uk-contribution-to-climate-change-by-2050

For Robin’s previous statements on the environment, please see: