Sunday 28 June 2020

Chancellor told to accelerate route to net zero

Chancellor told to accelerate route to net zero

The Chancellor has been told to accelerate the path to net zero by two leading parliamentary committees.

Darren Jones, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee and Philip Dunne, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), have written to Rishi Sunak, warning him time is running out to ‘avert an even greater future global crisis caused by climate change’.

They stress the UK’s post-COVID economic recovery package should be used as an opportunity to accelerate investment on climate action and cutting emissions to net zero.

The correspondence to the Chancellor comes as the EAC Committee launches a new inquiry, 'Greening the post-COVID recovery' and ahead of the BEIS Committee’s evidence hearing on Thursday examining the Committee on Climate Change’s Progress Report.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Chair, Darren Jones, said: “The post-pandemic world offers an opportunity for the UK to step up our efforts to tackle climate change, to foster a green-recovery and accelerate the transition to net-zero.

"From transport to industry, to heating, buildings and energy efficiency, there are a series of priorities for action which the UK should pursue if we are to successfully decarbonise our economy.

Investment needed

“I hope the Chancellor will be bold in his investment in infrastructure and people, demonstrating the government’s commitment to tackling climate change, boosting the prospects of a green recovery, creating net zero related jobs and bolstering the UK’s credibility as a net zero leader in the run-up to COP26.”

Environmental Audit Committee Chairman, Philip Dunne, said: “Coronavirus has brought devastation and destruction not only to loved ones whose family and friends have been impacted but also to the economy on which we all rely. If there is anything positive to come out of the pandemic, it is that we wake up to the warnings that we are hearing from scientists about the urgency of acting on climate change.

“Many of the actions we need to make our net zero ambition a reality can be used to revive our economy, creating green jobs and generating long term cost savings. It would be an historic mistake to miss this opportunity.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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