It’s Friday, March 19, and Britain is halfway to its goal of net-zero emissions.

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This week, the U.K. government revealed plans to cut the amount of carbon dioxide spewed by industrial sites and public buildings by two-thirds within the next 15 years. To do this, the government has pledged to invest $1.39 billion on decarbonization measures at factories, schools, and hospitals, while simultaneously boosting job growth and stimulating the economy following its pandemic-related decline. 

Though the COVID-19 pandemic hurt the British economy, it also helped the country hit a milestone on the path to reaching its climate goals. In 2020, the U.K.’s greenhouse gas emissions were 51 percent below 1990 levels, putting the country at the halfway mark to reaching its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

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U.K. Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng believes the new plans will maintain the country’s positive climate trends even after the economy rebounds. The plans, he said, “will make a considerable dent in the amount of carbon emissions emitting from our economy and put us on the path to eliminate our contribution to climate change by 2050.”

The strategy aims to create 80,000 new green jobs with nine industrial decarbonization projects and 429 projects to reduce emissions through the installation of insulation, low-carbon heating systems, solar panels, and efficient lighting in public buildings.

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