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The Net Zero target is a government commitment to ensure the UK reduces its greenhouse gas emissions by 100%, from 1990 levels, by 2050.

The target stemmed from a recommendation made by the Climate Change Committee (CCC) in May 2019. The CCC is a statutory body that provides independent advice on climate change to the UK and devolved governments.

The target was made legally binding by the Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019.

To set out how it planned to achieve this target, the government published the Net Zero Strategy in October 2019.

In September 2022, the government commissioned an independent review of the net zero target.

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