2nd July 2020
The Committee on Climate Change’s 2020 report to Parliament calls on the government to redouble its efforts and expands on its May 2020 advice to the UK Prime Minister in which it set out the principles for building a resilient recovery. The report highlights five clear investment priorities:
It urges the Government to focus over the next 12 months on:
The report was shortly followed by the announcement of the Prime Minister’s green recovery plan to help the UK’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. The plan pledges massive investment in cleantech, reform of the planning system, a review of public sector land and a package of investment in infrastructure projects.
In addition to the billions of pounds pledged to investment in schools and colleges, courts, parks, high streets and transport, the Prime Minister promised new ways to “deliver government’s public investment projects more strategically and efficiently”.
The COP 26 summit to be chaired by the UK in 2021 will be the UK’s opportunity to show leadership in the global fight against climate change. In the meantime the CCC’s report calls on the Government to be more ambitious, take concrete steps now and with “a new determination”.
Stimulating a green recovery from COVID and delivering Net Zero hand-in-hand requires bold policy and legislation. The National Infrastructure Strategy is due later this year (although the Energy White Paper which was due in 2019 is now unlikely to be published before 2021). Also hotly anticipated is clarity on the promised new model of procurement and delivery of infrastructure projects. A quicker and more efficient model of infrastructure procurement and delivery – likely to require public-private partnership in some form – is to be welcomed, and we wait to see how it will differ from existing models of public-private partnership and infrastructure contracting.
The CCC’s report together with the green recovery plan are likely to mean new regulation and stimulus for many sectors including cleantech, renewable energy, agriculture, housing, construction, manufacturing, food and drink, resource management and public sector services and infrastructure.
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