A cross party group of MPs has called on the government to ‘scale-up’ its efforts to reach net zero, by implementing its ten point action plan. The Net Zero All-Party Parliamentary Group (NZ APPG) welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Summer Statement, which included a Green Homes Grant, but said that it was clear that to get the UK on track to reach net zero by 2050, more needed to be done
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The Prime Minister has marked his first year in office by unveiling a £350m green funding package today to support efforts to drive down carbon emissions from heavy industry, construction, space and transport, touting the move as a bid to “fuel a green, sustainable recovery” from the Covid-19 crisis. The multi-million pound investment package includes £139m towards 12 projects Scotland, Wales and the North of England to help heavy industry shift from using natural gas to clean hydrogen power, and to scale up carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to trap emissions. Another £149m will also go towards ramping up the use of innovative, greener materials in heavy industry, with 13 projects sharing in the spoils to support initiatives such as reusing waste ash in the glass and ceramics industry, and developing recyclable steel, according to Number 10.
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In June 2020, Core Cities UK and the RSA held a summit involving top-level city leaders, officials, academics, and investors to discuss the terms of a locally-led green recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. This paper summarises the discussion from that event. This paper also outlines a future agenda of work to flow from it: a manifesto for a city-led recovery that will raise this agenda and seek to influence the shape of the post-Covid recovery. It outlines both what might be contained in such a manifesto and how we might go about delivering it, based upon the discussions from the summit. The summit focused on finding practical solutions across three domains: Policy: What are the key policies at cities’ disposal – what policy levers do cities need to develop to lead the recovery and what investment levers can we pull? Advocacy: How can cities make their case in ways which are most likely to influence ministers and officials (especially ahead of the upcoming comprehensive spending review)? Mobilisation: How can we shape the broader debate among stakeholders – business, trade unions, academia – and enthuse and involve the general public?
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Climate campaigners have launched a formal legal challenge against the government’s green recovery plans, claiming they are inadequate and “clearly unlawful” in light of the UK’s obligations to reduce emissions. Plan B, the pressure group that successfully challenged the UK government over its plans to expand Heathrow, sent a “pre-action” letter to the prime minister and the chancellor on Tuesday, saying the government was missing an historic opportunity to avoid catastrophe. Tim Crosland, the director of Plan B, said: “The government can either follow the scientific and economic advice and take a decisive step towards a cleaner, fairer and more sustainable economy, creating vast number of new jobs – or it can ignore that advice by prioritising its corporate sponsors and locking us into the path to climate breakdown and a future that is grim beyond words.
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