An independent review into the UK’s Net Zero push has urged the Government to accelerate progress to reap the huge economic opportunities available.
Former Energy Minister, Chris Skidmore’s ‘Mission Zero’ report draws on thousands of responses to a call for evidence and over 50 round table events with stakeholders.
Its 129 recommendations cover areas including the greater role that business can be supported to play, making better use of infrastructure, and delivering more energy efficient homes.
Skidmore said the UK should be proud of the global lead it has taken in tackling climate change, arguing it has “exceeded expectations so far in our race to Net Zero emissions by 2050”.
“My recommendations are designed to make the most of this historic opportunity, covering the length and breadth of our economy, so that people in every part of the country can reap the benefits of this both in their communities, and in their pockets.”
The recommendations include reviewing incentives for businesses to invest in decarbonisation, reforming the planning system to put Net Zero at its heart, delivering energy efficient homes and developing a cross-sectoral infrastructure strategy by 2025 to support the building and adaptation for new green energy sources such as hydrogen to support the green economy.
Mike Childs, Head of Policy at Friends of the Earth, said the Government needs to “get on board” with the review’s findings if it expects to remain competitive internationally.
“The Prime Minister must listen to the call for speedier and tougher action and turn up the dial on the UK failing climate efforts,” he said.