Ahead of the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review, the Labour Party has called on the government to support green jobs and ‘Build it in Britain’. The call follows an extensive consultation run by the political party of businesses, trade unions and other stakeholders around what a “credible green recovery” should look like. In total, it received almost 2,000 responses, with the need to recover jobs proving key in throughout. By dedicating at least £30 billion in the next 18 months to low-carbon sectors as part of a rapid stimulus package, an estimated 400,000 additional jobs could be created.
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Following its 40th anniversary last week, the UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) publishes today a detailed report on how essential a ‘green recovery’ is to the huge economic challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the important role Councils need to play within it. As the report notes, around the world many governments have committed more than $12tn to kick-start their economies ravaged by the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is about 15% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and multiple times more than that put forward in the aftermath of the global financial crisis 10 years ago. However, Bloomberg has recently estimated that less than 0.2% of this money has been targeted at post-carbon economic priorities. With climate efforts by governments worldwide currently insufficient to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, NFLA argue that strong green stimulus measures could help meet its core objectives if just a fraction of the Covid-19 fiscal stimulus is invested annually in a “climate-positive” recovery. Such a recovery would bring about multiple other benefits while stimulating the economy, such as job creation, stimulating innovation and technological developments. This has been highlighted by several recent reports, including a survey of over 230 experts worldwide and the latest World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
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NFLA Policy Briefing 207: A ‘Green Recovery’ for Local Authorities to help deliver in response to Covid-19.
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Environmentalists have been heartened by Joe Biden’s victory as, if the US rejoins the Paris agreement as expected, it will give the world a much better chance of averting climate catastrophe. However, there are still hurdles to overcome to rein in emissions and keep warming to within 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. In public, Johnson is increasingly positive about climate action, but he has a long way to go before he can convince anyone he is genuinely enthusiastic. As a newspaper columnist, his position on cutting emissions was lukewarm; as an MP, his climate voting record was even cooler. The UK also has a gap to make up. Successive governments have presented themselves as global climate leaders. This administration boasts of being a frontrunner in setting a 2050 goal for carbon neutrality. But climate campaigners say long-term targets are irresponsible unless matched by action in the near term. The UK is still off course, even for the goals it set five years ago. Long-term observers say the moment ought to be ripe to make a big change after Covid. Until now, however, “green recovery” plans announced by the government have failed to impress.
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