Net Zero Carbon Emissions: Uk’S Progress

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:07 pm on 28th February 2019.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee 3:07 pm, 28th February 2019

I totally agree. There is always a danger that we get called a nanny state, but if nannies are good enough for people on very large incomes—naming no names—we should provide the nannying for people with less money.

It is encouraging how, in some ways, the public have got ahead of politicians, such as with the rise of flexitarianism. We are all trying to eat less meat because of our knowledge, particularly about processed meat and the risks from nitrites. What does a net-zero diet look like? What does a net-zero city look like? We will have to start mapping out these big changes. Where we lead, other countries will quickly follow.

My hon. Friend is right that we need to examine the livestock sector and work out how we cut its emissions globally and at scale.