UK’s recovery from coronavirus ‘hinges on cutting emissions and adapting to climate change’

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has written letters to the Prime Minister and First Ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, urging them to rebuild the economy in a stronger, cleaner and more resilient way

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change is integral to the UK’s recovery from coronavirus.

That's the suggestion from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which has written letters to the Prime Minister and First Ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, urging them to take action on six key principles to rebuild the UK following the coronavirus pandemic whilst delivering a stronger, cleaner and more resilient economy.

It stresses climate investments must be used to support economic recovery and jobs while reducing emissions and manage the social, environmental and economic impacts of climate change and emphasises the government can "lead the way to new social norms that benefit well-being, improve productivity and reduce emissions" by adopting trends seen in the quarantine, such as increased home-working, more remote medical consultations and improved safety for cyclists.

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