Business Secretary Greg Clark has released a statement welcoming the report released by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) but said that the government would not be “immediately accepting the recommendations” made. Instead, Clark said the government “will be responding in due course to ensure the UK continues to be a world leader in tackling climate change”. BEIS said that the government is convinced of the urgency of action on climate change, adding that this is why it requested this advice from the CCC in October. Labour Shadow Energy Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said: “Labour has committed to achieving net zero emissions before 2050 through a Green Industrial Revolution, working with the Committee on Climate Change to developing a pathway to get there. We will study the CCC’s recommendations accordingly.” Other organisations which have expressed support for the 2050 net zero target include Energy UK, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

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