British public invited to give their views on net zero review

The month-long call for evidence is aimed at the public, businesses and local authorities to give them a chance to share their views on the green transition

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The British public is being invited to give their views on how the UK can eliminate carbon emissions whilst boosting the economy as part of the government’s net zero review.

It is the first stage of the three-month review by former Energy Minister Chris Skidmore MP, who announced the month-long call for evidence is aimed at the public, businesses and local authorities to give them a chance to share their views on the green transition.

It will examine how the UK’s 2050 net zero goal can be met while also maximising growth and increasing energy security in a way that is affordable for both consumers and businesses.

People can offer their views on a range of topics, including how cutting their carbon footprint can affect everyday lives, how reaching net zero will be paid for and what more can be done to capitalise on it to grow the UK’s economy.

Other topics will include the challenges and obstacles to decarbonising for households and businesses and what more can be done to support consumers and businesses to reduce their emissions.

Mr Skidmore, Chair of the Net Zero Review said: “Everyone in the country has a stake in the UK’s transition to net zero. It doesn’t matter if you live in Argyle or Aberystwyth, Carlyle or Canterbury, our lives will need to change, whether that means the way we travel to work, heat our homes or run our factories.

“The decisions and actions we take today will impact consumers, employees and businesses alike, in cities, town and rural communities all over the country. That’s why I want to hear the views of as many people as possible over the next month.

“I want to ensure that net zero isn’t just viewed as the right thing to do for our environment but becomes an essential driver of economic growth – and a win-win for Britain and the world.”

The former energy minister is also touring the UK to speak to consumers, investors and industrial leaders as well as consult with experts in areas including energy, land use and transport to help inform his review.

He will report to the government with a set of recommendations by the end of this year.