The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its Net Zero report, which outlines what the UK can do to stop global warming.
The report focuses on several key areas, such as agriculture, road transport, aviation and shipping, and energy.
The Net Zero report states:
“The UK should set and vigorously pursue an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to ‘net-zero’ by 2050, ending the UK’s contribution to global warming within 30 years.
“A net-zero GHG target for 2050 will deliver on the commitment that the UK made by signing the Paris Agreement. It is achievable with known technologies, alongside improvements in people’s lives, and within the expected economic cost that Parliament accepted when it legislated the existing 2050 target for an 80% reduction from 1990.”
Siemens issued a statement in favour of the report. Steve Scrimshaw, Country Lead, Gas and Power UK and Ireland, Siemens, said:
“Siemens UK welcomes the Committee on Climate Change report on Net Zero. Businesses need to respond to the urgency and scale of the climate challenge and Siemens is committed to make our own operations net zero by 2030.
“Government and politicians have an import role to play. Climate change transcends politics and we call for immediate cross-party commitment to deliver net zero emissions by 2050 in line with the CCC report.
“Net zero is a big challenge and businesses need to make big investments to deliver it. Government can help by setting clear policy direction, creating the right market conditions through financial mechanisms such as carbon pricing, training and skills and setting standards through regulation to raise the bar. We are committed to work with government to make this ambitious target a reality for society and future generations.”
The rail industry faces competition, both in the passenger sector and the freight sector from other transport modes. With action becoming necessary to clean up HGVs and private cars, it is all the more important that rail continues to be a leader as the most environmentally friendly option. The sector must continue to work hard to make rail attractive as well as environmentally sound in order to further encourage a modal shift to rail even when other transport modes become greener.
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