Carbon Emissions: Public Expenditure

Treasury written question – answered on 29th June 2021.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to align departmental comprehensive spending review submissions with the Government’s net zero target.

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

The Government takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously. On 27 June 2020 the UK became the first major economy in the world to legislate to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, increasing the ambition of our commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Climate Change Act 2008.

At Spending Review 2020, HMT asked departments to provide the greenhouse gas emissions of their spending proposals, their impact on meeting Carbon Budgets and Net Zero, and information relating to delivery of the 25 Year Environment Plan. This was considered as part of funding allocations made at SR20. HMT is reviewing the learning from this exercise and these issues will remain at the forefront of HMT’s priorities for this year. The details of Spending Review 2021 will be announced in due course.

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