Rachel Reeves: Boris Johnson’s arrival at No.10 and his brutal reshuffle, coupled with worrying signs of what this could mean for the Brexit negotiations, have dominated the news and political agenda. Vital as it is for the UK to avoid the catastrophic outcome of no-deal, it’s also crucial his government doesn’t allow all its energy to be consumed by Brexit. The government needs to shift the dial beyond Brexit and tackle the other pressing issues critical to the future prosperity and health of the UK, not least the challenge of addressing our climate emergency. But the new PM’s track record on dealing with our climate emergency is alarmingly poor. During his time as mayor of London, Johnson actually shrank the city’s congestion charge zone — counter to efforts to tackle air pollution and cut carbon emissions. The CCC was clear that UK action to reduce carbon emissions is lagging far behind what is needed to deliver on the climate change targets of the fourth and fifth carbon budgets, let alone the more ambitious aim to cut fossil fuel emissions to net zero by 2050. Policy gaps to deliver on UK climate change targets have widened over the past year which makes it crucial that new business and energy secretary Andrea Leadsom ramps up efforts in key areas such as electric vehicles, on shore wind, carbon capture and energy efficiency.
Times 29th July 2019 read more »
BEIS Committee Chair Rachel Reeves writes to new Business Secretary urging her to urgently set out new policies for EVs, carbon capture, and energy efficiency. Andrea Leadsom, who officially took over as the UK’s Business Secretary yesterday, is already facing immediate calls from MPs to firm up the government’s plan for reaching net zero emissions by 2050.
Business Green 26th July 2019 read more »