Jason McCartney Conservative MP for Colne Valley:Let’s insulate the nation’s leaky homes for a green coronavirus recovery. New polling conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the Conservative Environment Network shows there is strong support for a green recovery in the north of England. Six in ten northerners believe that tackling climate change as part of the recovery will create new jobs and boost the economy. This is unsurprising, perhaps, given that the low carbon economy is a real success story in our part of the country. To list some examples, Sunderland is home to the Nissan Leaf — the flagship Nissan electric car model. This electric vehicle production line employs 6,000 people and has recently been bolstered by a new deal with Uber, which will help to reduce air pollution in cities. Siemens, a manufacturing giant in Hull, is building blades for the world’s largest wind farm at Dogger Bank, 130km off the northeast coast of England. And the North West is set to lead the UK’s hydrogen economy with a HyNet low carbon hydrogen production plant. One opportunity that offers multiple benefits is a major home energy efficiency programme. Asked to choose from a list of areas that should be prioritised for job creation, energy efficiency (36 per cent) came second only to renewable energy (44 per cent) among people in the north of England. Analysis by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit think tank shows that areas such as Yorkshire and the Humber have the greatest potential for job creation in home energy efficiency.
Times 6th July 2020 read more »
A survey of more than 2,000 UK voters, in which all major political preferences were accounted for, has revealed that the majority of Brits want a “green” recovery from Covid-19, in which measures designed to boost the economy also serve to reduce pollution and emissions. Conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the Conservative Environment Network (CEN), the survey asked 2,178 people for their views on the environmental aspects of the UK’s Covid-19 recovery plan. This cohort was selected to ensure representation in line with the national population on gender, age, geographical location and political leaning.
Edie 4th July 2020 read more »