The Treasury has announced that it intends to conduct a review into the costs of the UK’s transition to a Net Zero economy. In response, the CCC’s Chief Executive, Chris Stark, said: “We strongly welcome this review by the Treasury into how the costs of the transition to a Net Zero economy by 2050 can be funded and distributed fairly. We recently called on the Treasury to ensure the distribution of costs for businesses, households and the Exchequer are fully assessed, so we’re pleased that this is the central thrust of what the Treasury will consider. The terms of reference look comprehensive. We look forward to engaging with the Review as it develops.” The Committee called on the Treasury to conduct the review in its May 2019 advice to Government on setting a Net Zero target for the UK. The Committee sees the review as crucial in ensuring a successful transition to Net Zero and recommends that the review is a key input to next year’s spending review, the next budget and longer-term policy direction.
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The Net Zero Review, the first of its kind, will assess how the UK can maximise economic growth opportunities from its transformation to a green economy. At its heart is a priority to ensure a fair balance of contributions from all those that will benefit, including considering how to reduce costs for low income households. This review is a major step towards the UK achieving net zero emissions by 2050, after becoming the world’s first major economy to legislate to do so earlier this year.
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Labour is pledging to cut UK carbon emissions by 10% through the largest home improvement programme for decades. A Labour government would fund £60bn of energy-saving upgrades to low-income households over the next decade while wealthier households would receive interest-free loans for enhancements. The party said loft insulation, enhanced double glazing and new heating systems would help cut energy use. The Conservatives said the plan would “wreck the economy” and “put up bills”. A spokesperson for the Tories said while tackling climate change was vital, “independent experts and even Labour’s own unions say their promises don’t stack up”. Labour says its policy, called “Warm Homes for All”, would create 450,000 jobs involved in the installation of energy-saving measures and renewable and low-carbon technologies, the party said. It said almost all of the UK’s 27 million homes would benefit from the pledge, either through a grant to fund works in full, or an interest-free loan. Households which take out the loan would pay it back through savings on energy bills, Labour added.
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More than 1,000 people from the areas around Scotland’s two largest cities are being invited to join a new citizens assembly to consider how to tackle climate change. A total of 597 invitations from the UK-wide body are being sent out to people with Glasgow postcodes, while a further 448 are going to Edinburgh postcodes. It comes after six cross-party committees at the House of Commons commissioned the new Climate Assembly UK, to seek views on how emissions can be reduced. A total of 30,000 people across the four nations of the UK are being asked to take part, with invitation letters landing on people’s doorsteps from November 6. The UK Government has already set a target of achieving “net-zero” emission by 2050 – with the Scottish Government aiming to do so five years sooner than this. Work to set up the new citizens assembly commenced ahead of Parliament being dissolved on November 6 for the general election.
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Thirty-thousand people across the UK have been randomly chosen to take part in a citizens’ assembly on the climate emergency convened by MPs. Invitations to the assembly, which will be held over four weekends in Birmingham from January to mid-March, are due to arrive from Wednesday next week.
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