Climate Change Act Gets Royal Assent

Legislation committing the Isle of Man to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 has received Royal Assent.

The 2021 Climate Change Act sets out the legal framework for planning, monitoring and reporting the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions needed to achieve net zero.

This is the time when emissions from human activity are maintained at levels absorbed by the natural world around us.

Reaching the goal will require renewable electricity, low carbon heating, more electric cars and many other changes that will affect life on the island.

The law also requires decision-makers to ensure that the impacts on the entire community are reasonable and not unfair.

Passing the latest legislative hurdle means that a five-year rolling action plan is expected to come into effect by April 1, 2022, and interim emission reduction targets will be set to ensure the island stays on track. way to achieve its ultimate goal by 2050.

Legislation will provide certainty about goals, but not policies.

Daphne Caine MHK, Chair of the Climate Change Transformation Board, said: “This is an important step in the Island’s net zero journey.

“This important legislation commits us to take important action against climate change, which influences our economic growth and will help maintain our reputation as an internationally responsible and credible nation.

“It also protects the most vulnerable in our society as we move towards a low carbon society. “

Now that the bill has received royal assent, it has become Tynwald’s law.

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