Starting next week, five House of Lords committees will be examine some of the ways climate change will affect specific policy areas, and what action the Government is taking to prepare for COP26, the UN climate change conference the UK is hosting in November.
On 11, 12 and 18 March, five House of Lords committees will consider climate change from five different angles, exploring how it will affect specific policy areas and what the Government’s response should be. Following these evidence sessions, on 25 March members from each committee will come together to challenge the Government on what action it is taking and scrutinise preparations for COP26, the UN climate change conference the UK is hosting in November.
The dates and times of the sessions will be as follows:
• Wednesday 11 March, 11am: climate change and migration
• Wednesday 11 March, midday: international carbon markets
• Thursday 12 March, 10am: climate change and international development
• Thursday 12 March, 10.15am and 11.30am: state aid and meeting climate targets
• Wednesday 18 March, 10:15am: Mark Carney on green finance
• Wednesday 25 March, 3.30pm: Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP and President of COP 26, on climate change and COP26
Speaking ahead of the series of evidence sessions, Lord Teverson, Chair of the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee, said:
"Climate change is an emergency. The repeated serious flooding here in the UK is just one of the many ways global warming is already taking its toll. That's why five House of Lords committees have uniquely come together to examine this emergency.
"These sessions will shed light on a number of those diverse climate change challenges that now confront us. Our follow up will be pressing ministers on how the Government intends to move forward. With COP26 only months away, clear and focused responses from minsters will be essential."
All of these evidence sessions will be open to the public. They can also be followed live on parliamentlive.tv