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EAC to scrutinise ambitions outlined in Spending Review and National Infrastructure Strategy

30 November 2020

On Thursday 3 December, the Environmental Audit Committee will hold its third and final evidence session as part of the Greening the post-covid recovery inquiry.

Purpose of the session

Members will consider the Government’s recent announcements within the Spending Review and National Infrastructure Strategy, and whether they are compatible with the UK’s green ambitions as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

The first panel will discuss the recent announcements on transport decarbonisation, road building and house building.

The second panel will explore how to pay for post-covid investment, examining plans for a National Infrastructure Bank, Sovereign Green Bond and other means of financing recovery stimulus and green investment.

This will mark the final evidence session before the Environmental Audit Committee publishes its report ahead of the Spring Budget.


Thursday 3 December

At 9.30am

  • Andrew Forth, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Dr Steve Melia, Senior Lecturer in Transport and Planning at the University of the West of England
  • Konstanze Scharring, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT)
  • Professor Jim Hall, Institution of Civil Engineers Trustee (ICE), Carbon & Climate

At 10.30am

  • Stephen Fitzpatrick, CEO of OVO Energy & founder of Zero Carbon Campaign
  • Martha McPherson, Head of Green Economy and Sustainable Growth, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), University College London (UCL)
  • Sarah Gordon, Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute

Further information

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