Public Expenditure: Climate Change

Treasury written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the conditions that Departments have been asked to meet as part of preparations for the Comprehensive Spending Review as set out on 21 July 2020 include compatibility with (a) the recommendations set out in the Committee on Climate Change annual progress report published on 24 June 2020 on actions needed to meet currently legislated carbon budgets, (b) the Paris climate agreement, (c) the Government’s nature and biodiversity goals and priorities at national and international level and the (d) Sustainable Development Goals; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

This Government takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and is committed to meeting its climate change and environmental targets. The UK has legislated to end its contribution to global warming by 2050 under the Climate Change Act 2008, following recommendations from the CCC on setting a Paris-aligned target.

Our priorities for the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) have been published and include leading in the development of technologies that will support the Government’s ambition to reach Net Zero emissions by 2050. To help frame the Government’s approach at the CSR, an interim report of the Net Zero Review will be published this Autumn, followed by a final report in the Spring.

Departments will be required to fulfil a series of conditions in their CSR returns, including considering climate and other environmental impacts in all proposals.

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