Open letter to Grant Shapps about the government’s Jet Zero strategy

Barry White

Earlier this month 38 academics and other staff at University of Leeds wrote an open letter to Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport about the government’s proposed strategy to make UK aviation net zero by 2050. It was reprinted in the Yorshire Bylines and is reproduced below.

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Region’s Climate Action Plan under consideration

Barry White

An online public consultation on the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission’s regional climate action plan closed last Friday. The Commission published 50 draft headline actions for the report, which cover cross-cutting issues, climate readiness and resilience, and net zero. The action plan itself will include more context and more detail on the specific actions proposed.

Part of the public consultation included two evening public webinars. The first focused on the ‘climate resilience aspects of the plan’ while the second focused on the ‘net zero aspects’.

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Linking up to level up – reinstating the Skipton to Colne railway

Barry White

The action group campaigning to reinstate 12 miles of railway between Colne and Skipton, SELRAP, is working for a major last push to get the project a reality. Campaigners believe that the new rail corridor would be transformational not only for passengers, but forming the North’s freight trans-Pennine link, and contribute to ‘levelling-up’ the Northern economy. It could also have a great benefit on the environment by contributing to transport decarbonisation.

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Planning shake-up – a problem deferred

Barry White

As highlighted in my 13 September article ‘Biggest shake-up of planning laws for 70 years to be abandoned?’ the government has ‘paused’ its proposals with the sacking of Housing Minister Robert Jenrick and his replacement by Michael Gove, who now heads the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government following Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle announced last week.

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