Climate Change Act

DEFINITION: Government legislation which commits the UK to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It established the framework to develop a targeted and economically-credible plan to reduce current and future emissions. The Climate Change Act commits the government to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. 

 

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Legal and General divests from climate change 'laggards'

Insurance giant Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM) has committed to divest from a host of companies it believes are showing "persistent inaction" on addressing climate risks, removing the firms from its Future World Fund.

Agriculture plays a key role in climate action – both in avoiding heat-trapping greenhouse emissions and building resilience to the impacts of climate change

WWF: Agriculture can deliver 30% of climate solutions by 2030

The agricultural sector can provide up to 30% of the solutions needed by 2030 to tackle the global climate crisis, a new WWF-led initiative has claimed.

Scotland is on course to meet its 2020 Climate Act target

Scotland outpaces rest of UK in carbon reduction, halving emissions since 1990

Scotland has met its statutory annual climate change target for the third consecutive year, achieving a 49% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions against a 1990 baseline.

“Together we believe that the full implementation of the Paris Agreement means much deeper emission cuts than currently planned,”

Businesses, NGOs make joint plea for higher EU ambition on climate change

A unique coalition of businesses and investors representing over €21 trillion in assets have joined forces with local authorities and civil society groups to urge EU leaders to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy in order to keep global warming below 2°C.

The summit has failed to produce a climate agreement with President Trump for the second year running

Paris Agreement ‘G6’ formed as Trump skips climate meetings

As the G7 summit in Canada came to a close, leaders of the so-called "G6" nations reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement, while President Trump asserted that the US would instead prioritise energy security and economic growth over carbon reductions.