The UK government has pulled together stakeholders from across the energy sector to discuss how to ensure the COVID-19 recovery is green. First announced last week, the energy and business secretary Alok Sharma has now chaired five different roundtables looking into the pandemic recovery, including one focused on net zero held on 10 June. Those in attendance included Energy UK, the Aldergate Group, the Committee on Climate Change, Octopus Energy, National Grid and more. The group worked through six key questions, including which areas of infrastructure investment need to be prioritised, how to align investment with net zero, what regulatory barriers there are, and how to more effectively support businesses across the economy to reach net zero.
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The coronavirus pandemic has had devastating consequences for lives and livelihoods around the world, while also dramatically cutting CO2 emissions. In many countries, governments are now looking towards recovery as the pandemic’s first wave slowly recedes, with plans for economic stimulus worth trillions of dollars. Yet as economies pick up pace, emissions are beginning to rebound. And huge stimulus plans will have consequences for CO2 emissions, even if they do not explicitly target climate change. As a result, voices from the International Energy Agency (IEA) through to the UK’s prime minister and leading economists are among those calling for a “green recovery” that “builds back better”, by cutting CO2 emissions as well as boosting the economy. But what is actually being proposed? In the interactive grid, below, Carbon Brief is tracking the measures proposed, agreed and implemented by major economies around the world. The tracker will be updated over time and will include stimulus measures that have a direct bearing on climate change or energy.
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The climate movement has its work cut out for it, and not just in terms of decarbonizing the energy sector. In dozens of cities across America, the streets have been packed with protests about the murder of George Floyd and the long history of police violence against Black men, women, and children. The pain and anger are visceral. Floyd’s death is yet another example of how Black life can be taken without pause — and not just because we are in a pandemic. These demonstrations speak loudly to the ongoing racial injustices that have suffocated Black people for generations — the same factors driving how many Black and brown communities bear a disproportionate portion of the world’s burden of pollution and the worst impacts of climate change.
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Working from home is the way forward, according to 87 per cent of people who want it to continue after the lockdown ends. A survey by the Business Clean Air Taskforce found that remote working was a popular option and could have enormous environmental benefits. As a result, the charity Global Action Plan, which commissioned the research along with the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, is calling for remote working to carry on to prevent a second spike in coronavirus, keep roads free for key workers and keep air pollution down.
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