The UK has long been regarded as a climate leader and has achieved clear progress, cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% since 1990. There are important things to learn from the UK’s experience — it was the first major economy to legislate for net zero and the first to set legally binding carbon budgets. The UK also has a successful history of policy innovation, modelling new approaches to policy and legislation that have subsequently become widely adopted practices, such as the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme. Furthermore, as former COP26 Presidency, the UK spent over three years leading international climate diplomacy under the auspices of the UNFCCC. The UK’s extensive diplomatic experience and reach provide an opportunity to further its global partnerships and share its experience internationally.
However, the most recent Climate Change Committee (CCC) Progress Report concluded that the UK is off track to meet both its 2030 nationally determined contribution (NDC) and its legally-binding sixth carbon budget (2033-2037). Read more.