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In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, John Lang, who manages the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit’s NetZero Tracker, talks to CM Rubin (founder of CMRubinWorld) about the global race to Net Zero. Lang specializes in communicating climate science and policy to the public.
The world must reduce its emissions from about 40 billion tons to zero in a few decades. “Leaders have largely accepted the mathematics of tackling climate change,” says John Lang. “Now we just need more countries to adopt strong, credible Net Zero goals that are genuine, not greenwashing.”
The examples Lang cites in this new interview with CM Rubin are Sweden, which has set a goal of net zero by 2045. It lists intermediate emissions targets in its climate policy framework: 63% less by 2030 and 75% less by 2040. “These targets cover all greenhouse gases,” says Lang. Over the past 3 decades, the UK has grown its economy by 75% and has still cut emissions by 43%. “A lot of that has to do with the country moving away from coal-fired power,” Lang notes, but he adds that this policy has helped the UK. , the UK Climate Change Act 2008 set up a climate change commission to advise the government and required 5-year carbon budgets to be drawn up 12 years in advance.” Lang believes the UK Uni still has a long way to go, “but it is better placed to deliver on its promises its than other countries”.
This month, the Protect our Planet movement in association with Planet Classroom launched Net Zero, a new series of videos and podcasts in which 24 young climate activists from the Protect Our Planet (POP) movement in association with Planet Classroom will ask international thought leaders working on the environment the big questions about how their nations are progressing towards their Net Zero 2050 commitments.


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