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How can the Government get to ‘net zero’?

17 September 2021

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee begins its inquiry on net zero governance, examining the leadership and co-ordination which will be needed by government to deliver on the UK’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050.

On Tuesday, the Committee will question witnesses from the National Audit Office (NAO) and the Institute for Government (IfG). Both organisations have published research into governance arrangements for net zero, as well as follow-up work on specific aspects, such as the role of local government and engaging the public on the path to net zero.

The evidence session is likely to examine the key governance challenges posed by the Government’s net zero target, including cross-government arrangements, and also issues around progress monitoring and scrutiny. The Committee are also like to raise questions around the priority issues for the Government’s upcoming Net Zero Strategy, Net Zero Review and the Comprehensive Spending Review.

The BEIS Committee’s inquiry is examining the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s leadership role in delivering net zero, how effectively the Department is driving co-ordinated action across Whitehall and the role that devolved administrations and local and regional authorities can play. The inquiry will also examine the Government’s success in engaging with public sector bodies, regulators, businesses and citizens on net zero and the role and oversight of net zero performance metrics in Government.


Tuesday 21st September 2021


  • Simon Bittlestone, Director, Value for Money, National Audit Office
  • Jill Rutter, Senior Fellow, Institute for Government
  • Tom Sasse, Associate Director, Institute for Government

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