By signing the Climate Change Act 2008 in November 2008, the Government indicated its aim to create a low-carbon economy and to tackle the growing global threat of climate change.
This Act means that the UK must decrease its overall carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and by at least 80% by 2050 (based on 1990 carbon emission levels). It also:
- encourages energy efficiency
- encourages the development of renewable energy
- aims to secure a low carbon energy supply for the UK.
We are also taking steps to help tackle climate change at a local level. We have shown this by signing the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change in 2008.
For more information about climate change and that action that you can take to make a difference please visit the Committee on Climate Change's website.
Page last updated: 20/04/2017