Cross party MPs from the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and SNP join businesses in calling for clear net zero roadmap to 2050. MPs from across the political divide have called on the government to harness its Covid-19 recovery plans to accelerate the transition to net zero, today setting out a 10-point programme of policy recommendations “the government needs to urgently adopt to get the UK on track”. The Net Zero All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of MPs has written to both the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Business Secretary Alok Sharma – who is also president of next year’s COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow – setting out a raft of demands to “scale up” net zero in their recovery plans.
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The body representing 335 of the UK’s 339 local authorities has launched a guide for engagement and alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which it claims should be accelerated in efforts to “build back better” post-pandemic. Produced as part of the Local Government Association’s (LGA’s) partnership with UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), the guide states that the full scope of the SDGs will not be achieved by their 2030 deadline without local leadership. Beyond the fact that SDG alignment is “the right thing to do” over the coming decade, local authorities have much to gain from accelerating action across the scope of environmental, social and economic indicators, the guide states. It argues that the SDGs provide a strategic framework for streamlining planning and policy review; that SDG-aligned action will improve health, wellbeing and the economy on a local level, minimising healthcare costs; and that the SDGs can help councils foster productive, mutually-beneficial partnerships with each other, NGOs, charities, businesses and other stakeholders.
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Green groups fear the Government is “watering down” its plans for a green Brexit and low-carbon economic recovery from Covid-19. Environment Secretary George Eustice told NGOs that the Government would “build back greener” from Covid-19, and adopt a more “agile”, “creative”, and data-focused approach to green policy making post-Brexit. His appearance at the event, organised by the think tank Green Alliance, was an attempt to reassure green groups of the Government’s commitment to environmental action. Mr Eustice promised the UK would continue to focus on restoring nature and improving the environment during its economic recovery from coronavirus. “Building back greener means what it says,” he told campaigners. “And I want to work with all of you to make that happen.” John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, said “George Eustice may have pledged to build back better and greener, but now is the time for action, not just warm words masking backdoor attempts to deregulate,” he said.
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