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Comment: Net zero Review

13 January 2023

Reacting to the Independent Review of Net Zero by Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP, Environmental Audit Committee Chairman, Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, said:

"Chris Skidmore’s Net Zero Review report demonstrates, unequivocally, the countless opportunities net zero brings. His emphasis on clarity and leadership cannot be overstated. In some areas the UK Government has made major advances in tackling climate change, and its stated ambition is undoubted. But inconsistent policies and a lack of coherence across Government in implementation, with little effective cross departmental governance, does not give confidence to those sectors that will drive real change and develop green skills.

Getting the tools in place to deliver net zero makes economic sense, and can cement our role as a world leader in tackling climate change. The benefits are too critical to get this wrong.

The review reflects many issues the Environmental Audit Committee has been calling for over the years. Just last week we recommended that all new builds should have solar panels installed, and that the Government must consider the potential of onshore wind. In our work on hydrogen, we recognised that the sector is lacking the clarity from the Government: a clear plan is necessary. The Committee has acknowledged that in its current form, the EPC system needs improvement: a new Net Zero Performance Certificate may be the answer.

As a society, we need to get better at reducing, reusing and recycling and move towards a circular economy. From fashion to electricals, this approach should be standard: being wasteful is not consistent with our net zero goals.

Embedding nature and habitat restoration is critical, and I am pleased that the review acknowledges the important role biodiversity has in tackling climate change. Ministers should carefully consider all the recommendations of this important review, which plainly sets out just what needs to be done to drive beneficial and meaningful change. All eyes will now be on the Government’s response.”

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