UK must accelerate and scale-up net zero action

Nov 10 2020

The Net Zero All-Party Parliamentary Group (NZ APPG) has launched a powerful report and 10 Point Net Zero Action Plan that calls on the Government to urgently scale-up its decarbonisation plans.

The All-Party Group’s report, Putting Net Zero at the Heart of UK Policy is backed by MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum as well as organisations like Centrica, WSP, Barratt Developments, Atkins, EDF, Savills, National Grid and the University of Oxford. Together, they warn that the UK is not on track to meet its net zero emissions by 2050, and that the UK risks falling behind other countries, unless Government takes urgent action to decarbonise power, transport, housing and land now.

Launching the report, Alex Sobel MP, Chair of the NZ APPG said, “The French and German governments have announced green recovery packages totalling €38 billion and €40 billion respectively. The green funding announced by our Government to date pales in comparison, and the £3.05 billion announced for energy efficiency is well short of the £9.2 billion pledged in the Conservative and Unionist Party Manifesto 2019.”  

The NZ APPG Decarbonisation Report - launched one year ahead of COP26 - follows a 5-month long inquiry and evidence gathering exercise. Its key recommendations are consolidated in a ‘10-Point Net Zero Action Plan’ which sets out the urgent steps the UK needs to take now to get back on track to meet net zero.  

Alex Sobel MP, Chair of the NZ APPG went on to say, “The key finding of our inquiry and this report is simple: while achieving net zero is a major challenge, it is also a major opportunity. By accelerating our decarbonisation efforts, we can create new industries, new job opportunities, and new cost savings. With the coronavirus wreaking havoc with our economy, and our competitors forging ahead, now is the time for visionary leadership and investment.”

“Reaching net zero stands to create up to 260,000 new jobs in our energy sector alone. Over the next decade, we will need to install 2.8 million low-carbon heating systems in homes and 60,000 electric vehicle chargers—just two examples of shovel-ready projects that will create jobs, cut carbon, help to level-up the country and ultimately reduce costs for consumers.”   

“Our ambitious 10-Point Net Zero Action Plan helps char a clear course for the UK to meet its net zero targets. I urge the Government to take courage from this strong demonstration of cross-party and industry support for net zero and adopt the Action Plan in full.”

Wera Hobhouse MP said, “It is encouraging to see a number of green investment announcements being made by the Government this year. But, as we heard throughout the course of our inquiry, they ultimately fall short of what is required to get us on track for net zero.” 

“Given the scale of the economic challenges we currently face, and with the nation going into a second Coronavirus lockdown, it is time for the Government to develop an expansive and ambitious green recovery package that focusses on green job creation.”

Vice-Chair of the NZ APPG, Duncan Baker MP said, “We are already seeing some of the benefits of decarbonisation. The UK can lead the way in offshore wind. In constituencies like mine, net zero technologies can bring new jobs and opportunities. It is clear from the NZ APPG Decarbonisation Report that we have a strong platform to build on. Now we must scale-up.”  

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