The government will today set out its legislative agenda for the coming Parliament with the Queen’s Speech expected to showcase the UK’s net zero goals and preparations for the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow this autumn. Number 10 signalled over the weekend that the speech would focus on driving the recovery from the pandemic, ‘levelling up’ the UK’s regions, and achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 so as to deliver “a cleaner, greener UK”. It also confirmed that the speech would bring forward the Environment Bill, which was controversially delayed during the last Parliamentary session and is not expected to pass until the autumn. Number 10 said the Environment Bill would “set legally binding environmental targets, and cement the UK’s leadership on climate change, as we host the international COP26 Summit in Glasgow later this year”. Green business groups and environmental campaigners are continuing to call on the government to strengthen the draft legislation to cement the independence of the new Office for Environmental Protection and ensure a number of crucial post-Brexit environmental regulations are not watered down.
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With the UK’s official reopening of Parliament today (11 May), the Queen travelled to the House of Lords to outline Governmental priorities for the coming months. Many had expected more to be said about tackling climate change and nature loss. Green policy was highlighted, with the Queen alluding to the Environment Bill, which is set to return this Parliamentary term after a string of delays, and the forthcoming net-zero strategy. Due out this autumn, the net-zero strategy will break down the long-term net-zero goal on a sector-by-sector basis, with advice for action and legal targets in the interim. The Queen said: “My Government will invest in new green industries to create jobs while protecting the environment. The UK is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and will continue to lead the way internationally, by hosting the COP26 summit in Glasgow. “Legislation will set binding environmental targets. Legislation will also be brought forward to ensure that the UK has, and promotes, the highest standards of animal welfare.” While the speech usually lasts for the best part of an hour, the affair was over in less than 30 minutes this time around. Many key figures across the green economy had hoped for more detail on the policy packages mentioned, like the Environment Bill, and for other packages, such as the England Tree Action Plan and Peat Strategy. Green Party MP Caroline Lucas tweeted: “[Was] that it? The first Queen’s Speech of this vital decade for climate action, and proposals fall far short. We need a plan, not more empty pledges. A lasting recovery from Covid has to be a green recovery with investment in green jobs across UK. Where is the urgently needed Green New Deal?”
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Queen’s Speech reinforces UK’s ambition of becoming a global science superpower. new laws to help seize opportunities for British business and professionals now the UK has left the EU measures to help further secure energy supplies while tackling climate change.
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