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Business groups today called on ministers to adopt the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) proposal to cut emissions to net-zero by 2050.

Business secretary Greg Clark said the report recognised work that has already been done to cut emissions, including record levels of low-carbon electricity generation and plans to transition to electric vehicles.

A key United Nations report previous year said that to keep temperatures from rising by more than 1.5C in the long-term, countries need to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, with steep cuts in other greenhouse gases such as methane.

But it won't be the first time the country has built an economic future on blazing a trail.

In the wake of the Extinction Rebellion riots that led to more than a thousand arrests with people gluing themselves to buildings and vandalizing the Shell HQ, a panel has urged the United Kingdom government to urgently adopt new policies for anything from eating habits to energy consumption to avert the worst effects of climate change.

Scottish ministers are to step up the pace of their plan to tackle climate change after the Committee on Climate Change, a United Kingdom quango, said that greater urgency was needed.

He announced: "We agree with the Committee; ending fuel poverty and ambition for our climate are indivisible, not inimical".

"Many SMEs are now able to deliver energy efficiency measures but could be reluctant to invest after previous changes in Government policy, such as the Green Deal and the Feed-in-Tariff." . However, the panel said, 2050 was the "most credible", as quoted by the AP.

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However, a recent report produced by Eunomia Research and Consulting on behalf of the Scottish Government, which considered the progress that has been made towards preparing for the ban, found that local authorities and waste management companies in Scotland were now unprepared for the introduction of the ban.

CCC Chief Executive Chris Stark told journalists the law could be in place before global climate talks in Chile at the end of the year since there was cross-party consensus in Britain on the need to act.

"Farmers right across the country are already finding ways to cut the emissions, be that through altering the way we feed our livestock, to improving the management of soils".

This was echoed by the Soil Association, which said a transition to "green farming systems" would "dramatically reduce" agricultural emissions.

"However the "make or break" years in tackling the climate are between today and 2030, yet disappointingly the UK Climate Change Commission has provided scant advice on what the critical 2030 target should be".

"Since the 80 per cent reduction target was set, renewables have continuously surpassed expectations technically and financially and this is reflected in the CCC's recommendations". Direction is required from government in relation to heat and carbon capture and storage.

"We wholeheartedly endorse the recommendation that this target can and should be met by reducing emissions within the UK". What government should do is to legislate for Green Gas compatible boilers, to replace existing stock. So there could still be some emissions but achieving the ambitious target is likely to require bringing them very close to zero.

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