Protecting our climate

Opening the Climate Ambition Summit on Saturday, the Prime Minister promised to ending taxpayer support for fossil fuel projects overseas – demonstrating our continued commitment to be a world leader in the international effort to secure the health of our planet for generations to come.

  • Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges of our age, and as the first major economy to legislate for net zero by 2050, we will lead the way with a response driven not by timidity or caution, but by ambition on a truly grand scale.
  • This world-leading policy will see the UK end direct government support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas as soon as possible, expediting our shift towards green technology and renewable energy as we look towards the UN climate conference, COP26, in Glasgow next year. This announcement follows our commitment to reduce emissions by at least 68 per cent by 2030, compared to 1990s levels –a pledge that would see us reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the fastest rate of any major economy so far. 
  • This builds on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution, which will allow us to end our contribution to climate change by 2050, helping create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled jobs across the whole of the UK, including in our industrial heartlands, as we build back better and greener from the pandemic.


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