The UK has a lot to be proud of in our collective work to tackle climate change.
- We are the fastest country in the G20 to decarbonise our economy since 2000.
- We have cut our emissions by more than 40% since 1990 – the fastest rate in the G7.
- We are the first major economy to pass laws for net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
- We are the largest producer of offshore wind energy in the world.
- We announced plans to double our international climate finance in 2019 to £11.6bn over the period 2021 – 2025.
- We are working to encourage other donors to meet and move beyond the $100bn per year collective goal to mobilise support for developing countries.
- One in five zero emission cars sold in Europe are made in the UK.
- Our low carbon economy is predicted to grow four times faster than the rest of the economy to 2030.
- Our 25 Year Environment Plan includes direct action to address the biggest environmental priorities of our age: air quality, nature recovery, waste and resource efficiency.
- Our ten point plan for green industrial revolution – covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies – will create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK.
- Our expertise and exports are in demand across the world, with global trade in low-carbon goods and services expected to grow from £150 billion in 2015 to between £2.8-£5.1 trillion in 2050.
The UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution
On 12 December 2020, the UK communicated its new Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The NDC commits the UK to reducing economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. It also includes information on how this target was developed and is quantified, known as ‘information to facilitate clarity, transparency, and understanding’ (ICTU).
The UK’s Adaptation Communication
We also submitted our first Adaptation Communication to the UNFCCC on 12 December 2020. This report sets out what the UK is doing to prepare for the effects of climate change at home and to support those facing impacts overseas.
The UK’s Biennial Finance Communication
Our first Biennial Finance Communication was submitted to the UNFCCC. This report demonstrates our forward looking action on the support components of the Paris Agreement.
Taken together, these parallel documents detail the UK’s action across the mitigation, adaptation, and finance pillars of the Paris Agreement.
Leading the world in tackling and adapting to climate change is a major economic opportunity for the UK, that will create new skilled jobs across the country. But there is still much to be done, and COP26 will be a central part of making sure we succeed.