Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has commented on the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s annual progress report which warns of Government failures to deliver policies to cut emissions and prepare the UK for the impacts of rising temperatures.
“The Government’s recent commitment to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 was welcome but targets are meaningless if not matched by concrete action. This latest CCC report shows the Government has failed dismally to back up its rhetoric with ambitious policies which deliver the cuts in emissions the UK needs to achieve.
“Getting to net-zero requires will require action across all parts of Government and our economy. Yet, in areas such as electric vehicles, carbon capture and storage, and renewable energy, we have seen the Government has been too lacking in the ambition and political will to deliver the concrete policies necessary to make an impact. The costs of inaction, for our economy, for our environment, and for our health, are too great for the UK Government to lag behind. The Government needs to get the UK back on track and come forward with the policies, actions and regulations needed to achieve the more ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2050.
“We look forward to questioning the BEIS Minister [on Tuesday] on the Government’s reaction to the CCC report and how the UK Government is going to deliver the policies needed to deliver on its legal obligations.”
On Tuesday 16 July at 4.30pm, the BEIS Committee will be questioning Chris Skidmore MP, Interim Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, on the Clean Growth Strategy and ‘net zero’.