The committee said earlier this month that the United Kingdom should aim to achieve the net zero goal by 2050, but warned that the government’s policies will “have to ramp up significantly” for the target to be credible.
The committee said that to become a net zero country, the government will need to devise plans to clean up UK heating systems, deliver the infrastructure for carbon capture and storage technology, and start large scale trials of hydrogen power.
The policies would put the United Kingdom in line with its commitments under the agreement.
But experts are warning that current policies are not tough enough to allow the country to meet the target. According to the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics, the United Kingdom is not even on track hit the intermediate goals it set for itself for the period between 2023 and 2032.
While Sweden set an earlier deadline, the Nordic country has not explicitly rejected the idea of offsetting some of its emissions through international systems.
The Committee on Climate Change said the United Kingdom could achieve its 2050 target domestically.