Boris Johnson must “seize the opportunity” of his landslide election victory to immediately deliver much-needed net zero policies in 2020 and beyond, the government’s top climate advisory body has urged. Writing to the Prime Minister today, Committee on Climate Change (CCC) chair Lord Deben congratulated Johnson’s “strong parliamentary majority”, but warned his new government would have to get to work immediately on climate action as efforts to date “have so far fallen short”. Key areas in desperate need of net zero policy include buildings, transport, electricity, industry and agriculture. All will require focus from the government, and a mix of public spending, market mechanism, and regulations to kickstart meaningful emissions reduction, the letter warned. Specifically, the letter calls for a clear focus on “climate governance”, arguing that climate change is not an issue for any one single minister or government department, with a programme of decarbonisation requiring action right across Whitehall. Earlier this year Johnson promised to chair a new cabinet-level committee on climate change bringing together ministers from across government to better coordinate climate action, although there has been no announcement nor confirmation of this plan since last Thursday’s election win.
Business Green 18th Dec 2019 read more »
Ex- Conservative Party leader Lord Howard has suggested that the government could review its effective ban on large new onshore wind and solar projects.
Edie 18th Dec 2019 read more »
What Johnson has to drop to get a quick trade deal after Brexit. Nuclear energy: a House of Lords report suggested that leaving Euratom’s regulatory system has the potential to impact fuel supply, waste management and research.
Guardian 17th Dec 2019 read more »