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Mission Zero is a landmark independent report into the delivery of the UK’s commitment to net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Chaired by Chris Skidmore, the UK’s former Energy Minister who was responsible for signing net zero into law, its conclusions set out, for the very first time, a new economic narrative for climate policy, demonstrating the vast financial opportunity that net zero can deliver.

This timely and crucial report acts as a template for how all countries can map out future challenges and opportunities and, above all, deliver their own pathway to net zero while also creating new jobs, industries and investment for the future.

Commissioned by the UK’s Prime Minister in September 2022, Mission Zero is the largest engagement exercise on net zero conducted to date and has been widely recognised as the most informative and detailed document on the topic, covering every sector and aspect of society. This important book is a vital piece of work and an indispensable must-read for anyone interested in energy, climate and sustainability policy.


Mission Zero is a remarkable and important piece of work. It provides a clear analysis of, and guide to, the extraordinary opportunities that lie in building a new approach to growth and energy in the UK. This new approach also delivers on net zero by 2050 and the necessary path to limit temperature increases to ‘well below 2 ˚C’ by 2050, consistent with the Paris Agreement. That approach is much more dynamic, innovative and attractive than the dirty and destructive paths we have followed in the past. The report also shows that clear and strong strategies and policies will be necessary to deliver on the investment and innovation required to generate the new path and manage the process of change, so that all can benefit. It is a model of clarity and rigour in its analysis and draws on careful consultation across society, industry, politics and the UK’s nations. It should be read by all who are interested in growth, climate and the environment. It carries important lessons for countries across the world on how to take the transition to the zero-carbon economy forward. A tremendous achievement.”

Nicholas Stern, Baron Stern of Brentford, crossbench peer, author of The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE

“We welcome the Skidmore review … we agree with the conclusion that net zero is the growth opportunity of the twenty-first century and could offer major economic opportunities to the UK.”

Rishi Sunak, UK Prime Minister

“The Skidmore report is the culmination of one of the largest UK-wide engagement exercises on net zero … The resulting report is a comprehensive analysis of how the UK’s net zero target can be delivered in an economically valuable way by 2050. If there was any lingering doubt at the outset of the review over whether it would find growth and net zero compatible, the report well and truly puts the question to bed.”

The Carbon Trust

“Chris Skidmore’s clarity in his call for accelerated action is as compelling as it is commendable, nailing the argument that inaction now will cost us all in the long run.”

Sir John Armitt, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission

“This is an excellent review by Chris Skidmore – extensive engagement and a fresh expression of the economic case for net zero (and the competitiveness risks of going slow). Plaudits for focusing on the essential topic of ‘delivery’.”

Chris Stark, chief executive of the Climate Change Committee

“An excellent report … headed by the former minister Chris Skidmore. Its 129 recommendations should be adopted, pretty much in their entirety.”

William Hague, Baron Hague of Richmond, former UK Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party
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