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The United Kingdom has officially become the first G20 country to pass a law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

The legislation, an expected revision to the country’s 2008 Climate Change Act, was ordered by outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May earlier in June 2019.

The revision allows for emissions to be balanced by sustainability efforts, such as schemes that promote the use of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and other technologies that offset emissions.

According to the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) the country has already reduced emissions by 42%.

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Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore said: “The UK kick-started the Industrial Revolution, which was responsible for economic growth across the globe but also for increasing emissions.

“Today, we’re leading the world yet again in becoming the first major economy to pass new laws the reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 while remaining committed to growing the economy – putting clean growth at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy.

“We’re pioneering the way for other countries to follow in our footsteps driving prosperity by seizing the economic opportunities of becoming a greener economy.”