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Editorial: Governance factors on the road to net zero

Tim O’RiordanTim O’Riordan

Timothy O’Riordan is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

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Chizitera PenningtonChizitera Pennington

Chizitera Pennington is a Senior Policy Adviser at the British Academy.

Abstract

In 2021, the UK Government released its Net Zero Strategy, which laid out how the country would meet its legally binding carbon-based emissions target of no net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Recent developments have shown the importance of governance in the delivery of this target. These include the 2022 Committee on Climate Change progress report to Parliament and the 2023 independent review, led by Chris Skidmore MP (a former Energy Minister), which outlined that there was further work to be done at all governance levels and that all relevant stakeholder groups who will be involved in or are affected by the transition should be mobilised to ensure that the net zero target is met.

The British Academy Net Zero policy programme is examining net zero from a governance perspective and commissioned a series of essays on the topic. Emerging themes from the essays and programme emphasise the important role that leaders and people will play in net zero governance.

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Published on: 28 September 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 4
Article ID: 001
Pages:1 - 8
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O’Riordan with Pennington (2023), ' Editorial: Governance factors on the road to net zero ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 4): 001 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s4.001

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Editorial: Governance factors on the road to net zero

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Timothy O’Riordan is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

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Chizitera PenningtonChizitera Pennington

Chizitera Pennington is a Senior Policy Adviser at the British Academy.