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Ministers questioned on mapping the path to net zero

16 July 2021

Environmental Audit Committee hears from experts Institute for Government and the Climate Change Committee, followed by a panel with two Government ministers on what steps can be taken to actually achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and adapt to climate change.

Witnesses

Wednesday 21 July 2021

At 2.30pm

  • Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Climate Change Committee
  • Tom Sasse, Associate Director, Institute for Government

At 3.30pm

  • Rachel Maclean MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport
  • Dr Bob Moran, Deputy Director, Environment Strategy, Department for Transport
  • Eddie Hughes MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Charlotte Baker, Director of Net Zero and Greener Buildings, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Committee first hears from experts on policies to reduce emissions across the economy. This evidence session follows the Climate Change Committee’s recently published Progress Report to Parliament that warned time is running out for realistic climate commitments. It stated that although the Government has outlined ambitious plans, progress has been too slow to follow these with delivery.

Both the Climate Change Committee and Institute for Government have said that good governance will be crucial to deliver net zero and adapt to the temperature rises we are experiencing, with the CCC stating that the cross-cutting nature of climate change mitigation and adaptation will require Government to work together at all levels.

On the second panel, the Committee discusses climate policy with two Government ministers: Rachel Maclean from the Department for Transport, and Eddie Hughes from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. They will be joined by senior civil servants in environment and net zero policy in their respective departments.

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