Net Zero by 2050 commitment – our reaction

Upland heathland, Holnicote Estate, Somerset

Upland heathland, Holnicote Estate, Somerset ©National Trust Images/John Miller

Reacting to the news that that the UK Government has committed to enshrining in law a commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Patrick Begg, Outdoors and Natural Resourced Director at the National Trust, said:

“It’s great that the Government has committed to setting a date for net zero emissions. One of the things needed to make this a reality is lock up carbon in our natural environment by looking after soils, protecting peatland and planting more trees.

“We are very fortunate to have a lot of land under our and our tenants’ stewardship, and we know it already plays a big part in capturing and then locking up carbon; we’re committed to raising our game on this in the coming years.

“But we also need the Government’s help. The Agriculture Bill, currently stalled in Parliament, will set up funding streams to pay farmers and others for this role. We hope that the incoming PM will make it a priority to get the Bill going again in Parliament.”

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