Committee on Climate Change: UK Should be Zero Carbon by 2050

The UK can end its contribution to global warming within 30 years by setting an ambitious new target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, according to a report published by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) earlier this month.

Ten years after the Climate Change Act became law, the CCC believes now is the right moment to set a more ambitious goal. Achieving a ‘net-zero’ target by the middle of the century is in line with the UK’s commitment under the Paris Agreement; the pact which the UK and the rest of the world signed in 2015 to curb dramatically the polluting gases that cause climate change.

This is a crucial time in the global effort to tackle climate change. Global average temperature has already risen by 1°C from pre-industrial levels, driving changes in our climate that are increasingly apparent. In the last ten years, pledges to reduce emissions by the countries of the world have reduced the forecast of global warming from above 4°C by the end of the century to around 3°C. Net-zero in the UK would lead the global effort to further limit the rise to 1.5°C.

The CCC’s recommended targets are achievable with known technologies, alongside improvements in people’s lives, and should be put into law as soon as possible, the Committee says. Falls in cost for some of the key zero-carbon technologies mean that achieving net-zero is now possible within the economic cost that Parliament originally accepted when it passed the Climate Change Act in 2008.

Meanwhile, The Climate Coalition (see next item) believes we could reach net zero by 2045 and Extinction Rebellion is calling it for to met by 2025.

More than 100 New Members Attend XR Nottingham Meeting

More than 100 people attended a new members’ meeting of a local group taking action on climate change recently. XR Nottingham, which aims to tackle the global emergency that is climate change, is now holding weekly drop-in sessions and workshops on Mondays from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Sumac Centre on Gladstone Street.

Derbyshire County Council to Debate Climate Emergency

Derbyshire County Council will debate a motion to declare a climate emergency on 15th May. The move follows a co-ordinated campaign by a number of community groups across Derbyshire, all members of Derbyshire Climate Coalition. The groups are asking the council to:

1. Declare a Climate Emergency 
2. Commit to making Derbyshire County Council a net zero carbon local authority by 2030 
3. Develop a clear plan within six months for a route towards being net zero carbon 
4. Call on the UK Government to provide the necessary support and resources to enable effective carbon reductions

Local authorities in the area which have recently declared a climate emergency include Nottingham City Council, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Wirksworth Town Council and Hayfield Parish Council.
On 1st May, the UK became the first county in the world to declare a climate emergency.

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Visit Hockerton Housing Project in Nottinghamshire

11th May, 2pm-5pm

Due to popular demand Hockerton Housing Project is opening its doors for one extra day this year. Intrigued by what an earth-sheltered home might look, or feel like, inside? Or wanting an overview of what it is to live sustainably? Join a small group tour, led by a resident of the project to give you a personal view on what it’s like to live in this sustainable co-housing project. This tour includes a guided walk around the site to learn about our food, water and renewable energy systems, a tour of one of the homes, and a presentation on the challenges faced during the build, and subsequent development, of the project.

Book tickets here