Economic Situation: Coronavirus

Treasury written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that economic recovery after the covid-19 outbreak focuses on (a) tackling climate change and (b) skills creation in low carbon industries.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary

The Coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced in decades. Alongside the focus on supporting the economy, the Government continues to take its environmental responsibilities very seriously.

We are committed to meeting our climate change targets, including net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The UK is a world leader in clean growth. Spring Budget 2020 reinforced the UK’s strong track record in this area with at least £800m for carbon capture and storage, over £1bn of further support for ultra-low emission vehicles, at least doubling funding for energy innovation, and tax measures to encourage greater energy efficiency and tackle plastic waste.

We have created Skills Advisory Panels to help local areas understand their current and future skills needs, including in low carbon industries, and to tailor provision accordingly. We will assess the impacts of potential interventions against their contribution to our environmental goals, including our climate change and air quality targets.

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