We must, urgently, improve the natural environment that we live in. This includes removing harmful products for our oceans and protecting our sensitive ecological environments secure. We must also reduce our carbon emissions and I support the government in this aim. We must do so whilst protecting our economy.
I am proud of the Government's record on addressing climate change. The UK has played a leading role as the world has worked towards a global deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Paris Agreement.
Since 1990, the UK has cut emissions by more than 40 per cent while growing the economy by more than two thirds, the best performance on a per person basis than any other G7 nation. The Government's Energy Act puts Britain firmly on track to meet the 2050 target to reduce emissions of all greenhouse gases by 80 per cent and underpins the remarkable investment that the UK has seen in its low carbon economy since 2010.
I was among the 193 MPs who signed a cross-party letter urging the Prime Minister to set a net zero emissions target for 2050. I am delighted that the UK has since committed to this target, which is realistic and gives us enough time to make the necessary transitions. But we must not become complacent, and there is much more to be done in order to meet this ambitious new target.
Protecting our planet is a matter that requires action. I am proud that the Government has taken such decisive action on climate change.