UK Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed to ratify the Paris Climate Change Agreement at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
The move has been welcomed by Energy UK, the trade association which represents the Big Six as well as dozens of other independent suppliers.
Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive, Energy UK, said: “This is an important moment for our shared ambition for a low carbon future.
“Government needs to deliver a credible emissions reduction plan across all sectors of the economy in order to turn this commitment into material progress. Energy UK looks forward to working with government on this plan.
“The energy industry has already taken great steps towards decarbonisation. A carbon plan that everyone signs up to will boost progress towards a more sustainable future.”
Rhian Kelly, CBI Infrastructure Director, added: “Having also committed to reducing emissions in the UK in line with the Fifth Carbon Budget, business looks forward to working with government to develop a clear and credible plan to meet this ambition.
“There is no magic solution to climate change, but with business and the Government working together – developing innovative new products and services, and leading the way in cutting emissions – we can all move towards a sustainable low-carbon path.”