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onshore wind is now cheap form but there are few new projects

What will it take for the UK to reach net zero emissions

The net zero carbon target will require sweeping changes to almost every aspect of British life, affecting our homes, food and the way we get around, as well as jobs and businesses across the board. Ministers hope there will be health benefits and improvements to the natural environment along the way, as well as helping to stave off the global climate emergency.

climate change activists demonstrate as they block roads around the bank of england in threadneedle street

Extinction Rebellion protesters stop traffic in City of London

Protesters are periodically forming human blockades across roads in the capital’s financial hub, occupying the street and halting traffic for seven minutes before allowing vehicles to pass, and then repeating the action.

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Analysis: Half of UK’s electricity to be renewable by 2025

This marks a significant increase on earlier projections, which as recently as 2016 saw renewables meeting less than a third of demand in 2025. At the same time, there are further cuts to the outlook for gas-fired electricity generation, which is now set to drop by two-fifths over the next six years.

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Guest post: The UK’s carbon footprint is at its lowest level for 20 years

This analysis is in line with the official approach to carbon accounting and is a good indicator of progress, but it only considers CO2 released within the UK. The country also trades goods and services with the rest of the world that require energy to produce, emitting CO2 in the process.

greenpeace argues that transport emissions are falling at a ‘snail’s pace’

Greenhouse gas emissions in UK fell 3% in 2018, official figures show

Emissions of the gases that drive climate change have fallen for six years in a row, and are 44% below the 1990 baseline for the UK. Emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, are at the lowest level since before the start of the 20th century, when Queen Victoria was still on the throne, government officials said.

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