Environmental Audit Committee

The Government’s approach to sustainable development inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded
The deadline for written evidence was 2 September 2015. If you would like to make a late submission please contact Committee staff.

Terms of reference

Promoting sustainable development – which for the purposes of this inquiry includes protecting the environment, supporting the low carbon economy and improving wellbeing – could be worth billions of pounds to the UK economy. In 2013, the low carbon economy generated over £120 billion in turnover. The 2015-20 period will be crucial for ensuring the Government continues to promote sustainable development, with many key policies coming to an end and due for renewal or replacement.

The Committee will be exploring what impact the new Government’s fiscal and legislative agenda will have on sustainable development. It will be looking to establish themes for its work during the Parliament and measures against which the Government's success can be judged. The evidence received for this inquiry will feed into the Committees work over the course of this Parliament.

Terms of reference: The Government’s approach to sustainable development

Latest evidence

Conference on the Government’s Approach to Sustainable Development

Panel Members: Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer, Sir Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General, National Audit Office, Lord Krebs, Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Committee on Climate Change, Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts, and Matthew Spencer, Director, Green Alliance.

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