Carbon Emissions: Economic Situation

Treasury written question – answered on 12th February 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of 26 January 2021, Official report, column 261, what (a) criteria and (b) process the Government uses to assess the extent to which its economic objectives and decision-making processes are already aligned with ambitious commitments to net zero and to improving the natural environment within a generation; what plans the Government has to make an assessment of the (i) covid-19 recovery plan and (ii) Budget 2021 against those criteria; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of 26 January 2021, Official report, column 261, what assessment his Department has made of the alignment of the Government’s (a) economic objectives and (b) decision-making processes with the UK's commitments on (i) net zero and (ii) improving the natural environment within a generation.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary, Minister for Equalities

To ensure Government policy considers Net Zero and environmental targets, Green Book guidance on appraisal and evaluation mandates us to consider the climate and environmental impacts of all our spending. The Green Book guidance provides detailed advice for valuing the costs and benefits of interventions in terms of climate change mitigation and other environmental impacts.

The Government also remains committed to pursuing a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, to help improve the natural environment, the £80m Green Recovery Challenge Fund will provide funding for projects across England to restore nature while creating and safeguarding jobs.

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