The Island’s commitment to zero carbon

It is the Isle of Man Government’s Policy to be Zero Carbon by 2050. In May 2013, an objective of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 based on 1990 levels was approved. In May 2015, it was recognised that to achieve this, all surface transport will need to be powered by ultra-low greenhouse gas emission technology by 2050. In 2020, a climate change action plan was passed, outlining the ambitious actions required to achieve zero carbon.

A key performance indicator for this target is at least 10,000 electric vehicles registered on the Isle of Man by 2030. As of March 2019 there were 241 registered electrical vehicles. Source.

The Island’s Climate Change Action Plan identifies two possible pathways for the Isle of Man to reach net-zero by 2050. Both are based on the scientific analysis provided by the IPCC. A lower ambition pathway achieves an interim target of -25% reduction in CO2e territorial emissions by 2030, relative to a 2010 baseline. This would meet the global requirement to limit planetary warming to +2oC. A higher ambition pathway would achieve an interim target of – 45% by 2030. This meets the requirement for a +1.5oC world.

The EU’s current pledge is a 40% reduction by 2030, against a 1990 baseline.