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BEIS Committee question Extinction Rebellion

14 June 2019

Following the Prime Minister’s commitment to the UK cutting carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, and the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) report, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee examine the rationale for going faster to hit the net zero target, hearing from witnesses including Gail Bradbrook, Extinction Rebellion, Isabella O'Dowd, Climate and Energy Specialist, WWF, and Baroness Bryony Worthington, Environmental Defense Fund.

Purpose of the session

The session tests whether the CCC’s net zero advice, and the draft net zero legislation laid by the Prime Minister, go far enough to fulfil the UK’s commitments under the Paris Agreement and to protect our environment for current and future generations.  It also scrutinises the rationale for, and feasibility of, alternative targets proposed by environmental organisations.

On Wednesday 8th May, the BEIS Committee questioned the CCC and business stakeholders on the net zero target and actions needed to achieve net zero emissions. A hearing on net zero with a Government Minister will be scheduled for a later date.

The hearings are part of the Committee’s ongoing work on the Clean Growth Strategy and complement its current inquiries on financing energy infrastructure and on energy efficiency. The Committee has also carried out inquiries on Carbon Capture Usage and Storage and on Electric Vehicles.

Witnesses

At 10am

Tuesday 18 June, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

  • Gail Bradbrook, Extinction Rebellion,
  • Isabella O'Dowd, Climate and Energy Specialist, WWF and
  • Baroness Bryony Worthington, Environmental Defense Fund.

Further information

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