Inspired Energy recently attended the Climate Change Committee and All Party Parliamentary Group for Net Zero Evening Reception on Wednesday 29th June to mark the Climate Change Committee’s 2022 net zero progress report to Parliament.
Here’s what our experts have to say about the UK’s progress towards reducing emissions.
Climate Change Committee 2022 Net Zero Progress Report
The Annual Net Zero Progress Report Reception was held jointly by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Net Zero, of which Inspired Energy is a sponsor, and the Government’s independent advisors on climate change, the Climate Change Committee.
Speeches at the Reception were made by Rt Hon Theresa May MP, who during her Premiership enshrined the net zero commitment into UK law, Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Net Zero, Rt Hon Lord Deben, Chair of the Climate Change Committee, and Alex Sobel MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Net Zero.
The Climate Change Committee is clear in its report that although targets to reduce emissions are in place, tangible progress towards meeting these targets is lagging. All speakers emphasised that emissions reduction should be factored into decision-making across the whole of Government, not just certain departments. Ed Miliband spoke of going green as the right economic choice, not just the right moral choice and cited a report by the Office of Budgetary Responsibility which he said made it clear that delaying tackling climate change will cost us more in the long run.
Theresa May said that Government, business and the public all needed to work together to meet emissions targets and in many ways, business was a lot further ahead than Government in addressing climate change, as they are increasingly seeing economic opportunities. Government needed to provide consistency and certainty for business and that light regulation would create a level playing field in tendering, for example. Both Theresa May and Ed Miliband felt engaging the public in conversation about everyday actions people could take to reduce emissions was important, as this could encourage much-needed behaviour change.
Policy and External Affairs Manager Chris Stratton, who attended the reception, said;
“Inspired is a sponsor of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Net Zero because it is in the interests of energy consumers that we accelerate the transition to a decarbonised economy, which will bring down energy bills and reduce the UK’s reliance on foreign gas imports. Inspired’s products and services can help businesses prepare for the inevitable tightening of greenhouse gas emissions regulations and make their operations more sustainable. There are many opportunities for businesses to take advantage of, and investment now could deliver many long-term benefits for businesses.”
Get in touch with our experts today to discuss your business’s net zero progress on 01772 689 250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.