- Submitted by: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Topic: Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
- Location: United Kingdom
- Date of completion: 2008
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- This voluntary initiative came from Green economy policies, practices and initiatives
Climate Change Act
Description/achievement of initiativeThe UK's Climate Change Act is the world's first long-term legally binding framework to tackle the dangers of climate change.
Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK
The UK has passed legislation that introduces the world's first long-term legally binding framework to tackle the dangers of climate change. The Climate Change Bill became law in 2008. The Climate Change Act creates a new approach to managing and responding to climate change in the UK, by: setting ambitious, legally binding targets; taking powers to help meet those targets; strengthening the institutional framework; enhancing the UK's ability to adapt to the impact of climate change; and by establishing clear and regular accountability to the UK Parliament and to the devolved legislatures.