The U.K. government’s official adviser on climate change is set to recommend the country adopt a target to drive net fossil fuel emissions to zero by 2050, according to people familiar with the plan [25 years later than demanded by climate activists].
If adopted, the proposals would give the U.K. the tightest emissions rules of any of the leading economies. Pollution is rising up the political agenda across Europe after a insurers had a record $160 billion in climate-related losses last year including wildfires in Sweden and more violent storms in the south of the continent.
The Climate Change Committee will suggest that Scotland can reach that goal by 2045, according to the people who asked not to be named ahead of a report from the committee due on May 2. Wales would get until the middle of the century to cut greenhouse gases by 95 percent, the people said. An official from the committee declined to comment.