The Treasury has outlined reluctance to change the VAT level on green products, following calls from industry for reductions to accelerate the rollout of technologies like solar panels and heat pumps. In a letter sent to the MCS Foundation, Treasury minister Jesse Norman argues that reducing VAT for green products would “impose significant additional pressure on the public finances” given the significant contribution they currently make.
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Meat consumption must fall by 30 per cent over the next 10 years if we are to get to grips with the interlinked climate, nature and health crises, according to a landmark review. The National Food Strategy – England’s first major review of the food system in more than 70 years – says the government should invest £1bn in research into how to improve the national diet and the sustainability of farming practices.
Independent 15th July 2021 read more »
There’s remarkable agreement on the need to reach “net zero” but now, confronted by how to get there, we’re in danger of faltering. We’ve cut carbon emissions from electricity generation — the low-hanging fruit of transition — with barely a murmur but the next steps must be huge strides that directly affect everyday lives. Ordinary people across Britain may have the answers. The IPPR think tank’s cross-party Environmental Justice Commission has engaged with citizens’ juries from varied backgrounds to learn what they and their communities need from the push to net zero. That’s why our findings are compelling. Our jurors, more than 80 in all, live in places that will be most affected by the coming economic changes: Aberdeenshire, Tees Valley and County Durham, South Wales Valleys and Thurrock. Yet they want change to be swift and deep. Through their ideas we have developed a blueprint for moving to net zero that policymakers should consider. They want action to be fair, so that individuals and communities aren’t left behind, and both the costs and tangible benefits are fully shared. And they want to be involved in, and have greater control over, decisions that affect them. These two key principles underpin the 100-plus recommendations we published this week in our report, Fairness and Opportunity, many of which are drawn directly from concerns of the jurors.
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