The report says the recommended United Kingdom target of "zero net emissions" by 2050 can be done and the costs are "manageable" - while the action would spur other developed economies to follow our example, according to the committee's 600 page report into what the country can and should be doing to tackle global warming.
The Scottish Greens have called for the Scottish government to go beyond the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change's latest report.
It means cutting emissions to as close to zero as possible and using methods to take greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere to "offset" the remaining pollution - for example, by planting trees which absorb carbon dioxide.
Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary for Energy, said the report has far-reaching implications for every home and business across the country. The report was requested by the UK Government following the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 and the more recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warned that global temperature rises must be limited to no more than 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels in 12 years.
He said: "Although issues like Brexit will pass, the awesome challenge of addressing climate change will be one that faces us and future generations for decades to come".More news: Trump attacks social media companies after Facebook bans extremists
"We need to be not only responsible for the leadership to overcome those damages, but also we have an opportunity of leading the new industrial revolution that will be based on the sustainable economy". "But if we want a world with coral reefs, safe coastal cities and enough food for everyone, we must act now".
Ensuring that all cars and vans in the United Kingdom are electric by 2050 will require all sales to be pure battery electric from 2035 at the latest, according to the report - but it would be "desirable" to bring that target forward to 2030 if technology allows.
The report found that effectively eliminating all emissions by 2050 would require investment of 1 to 2 per cent of GDP per year - with the switch to renewable energy and better insulation for buildings costing between £20 and £40 billion a year.
The overall zero emissions target should be met through cuts at home rather than buying carbon "credits" for reductions in other countries and it should cover all sectors of the economy including global aviation and shipping.
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Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "One of our proudest achievements as a country is our position as a world-leader in tackling this global challenge, being the first country to raise the issue on the worldwide stage, introduce long-term legally binding climate reduction targets and cutting emissions further than all other G20 countries".
Scotland is to adopt an ambitious new target that will end its contribution to global warming within 25 years, in response to advice from independent experts and pressure from youth strikers, scientists and businesses across the country. "The government should accept the recommendations and set about making the changes needed to deliver them without delay".
Commenting on the report, Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association, said: "The UK's AD industry fully supports the Committee on Climate Change's call for net zero emissions by 2050, which is a vital target to ensure we avoid the worst effects of climate change".
The decision to adopt the net-zero target has been welcomed by environmentalists, academics and industry.
NFU deputy president Guy Smith said improvements in productivity, carbon capture and renewable energy production are the most effective ways to reach agricultural net zero targets.More news: Senate Upholds Veto of Yemen Resolution in Victory for Trump Saudi Policy