The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched a new inquiry into the environmental and social implications of the UK Government’s Covid-19 recovery package, just one day before the plan’s key aspects are due to be unveiled by Boris Johnson.
Edie 29th June 2020 read more »
The chairs of the Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have urged the chancellor to use the forthcoming Covid-19 recovery package to boost low carbon industries, warning that infrastructure and investment decisions made in the coming months will be “critical” to building the UK’s resilience to the escalating climate crisis. In a letter sent to Chancellor Rishi Sunak today, committee chairs Darren Jones and Philip Dunne argued that a net zero aligned economy recovery could establish the UK as a climate leader ahead of its presidency of the G7 and COP26 climate conference in 2021, while stimulating the economy, generating jobs, and improving public health and wellbeing.
Business Green 29th June 2020 read more »
Senior MPs are lobbying for guarantees of a “green growth” recovery focusing on boosting the number of jobs in renewable energy and low-carbon construction. Conservative MP Philip Dunne, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee and has joined forces with Labour MP Darren Jones, chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, to call for a “net zero” economic recovery.
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MPs have joined growing calls from business leaders and environmentalists for the government to use its post-coronavirus economic recovery plan to accelerate investments aimed at tackling the climate crisis. The chairs of two influential cross-party select committees have warned the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, that time is running out to “avert an even greater future global crisis caused by climate change”. In a joint letter, the chair of the business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) committee, and the chair of the environmental audit (EAC) committee, said the government must align plans to boost the economy with its climate ambitions. Darren Jones, the chair of the BEIS committee, 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”.
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