Climate Assembly UK's final report makes recommendations to Parliament on how the UK should reach its legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Climate Assembly UK’s report, The Path to Net Zero, shows how a representative sample of the population believe the UK should meet its net zero emissions commitment with detailed recommendations across ten areas including: how we travel; what we eat and how we use the land; what we buy; heat and energy use in the home; how we generate our electricity; and greenhouse gas removals.
Each chapter of the report details assembly members’ views on the advantages and disadvantages - including the trade-offs and co-benefits - of different ways of reaching net zero, and the results of the votes by secret ballot that followed.
The report also conveys Assembly members’ agreement on themes that recurred throughout their discussions, on the need for:
improved information and education for all on climate change;
fairness, including across sectors, geographies, incomes and health;
freedom and choice for individuals and local areas;
and strong leadership from government.
It also stresses the assembly’s support for protecting and restoring nature, and the value of ‘co-benefits’ to tackling climate change, such as improved health, advantages for local communities, high streets and the economy, including by the promotion of innovation in technology. It calls on policy makers to make use of the report as an “invaluable resource” for decision making.