On 4 July the Department for Transport launched its delayed Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which sets out the Government’s commitments and the actions needed to decarbonise the entire transport system in the UK by 2050. Main changes include a ban sale of new petrol and diesel heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and buses by 2040, with plans to stop the sale of combustion-engine vehicles weighing between 3.5 tonnes and 26 tonnes five years earlier.
This weekend’s edition of the Yorkshire Post gives comprehensive coverage to a wide ranging report by the North Yorkshire Rural Commission on the future of the county https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/country-and-farming/give-rural-communities-the-chance-to-shape-their-own-destiny-say-authors-of-north-yorkshire-rural-commission-3294384?amp . It calls for the government to shift powers of decision making away from London on key issues like transport infrastructure, education and economic investment. It also reveals that a lack of younger workers in the County has left a £1.4bn financial hole in the county’s economy. It also wants sufficient funds for all communities to achieve a ‘levelling up agenda’.
The UK government is failing to protect us from the increasing risks of the climate crisis, from deadly heatwaves to power blackouts, according to a report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC). The Committee is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Its purpose is to advise the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets and to report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change (see https://www.theccc.org.uk/ ).
The Government has asked a group of experts to set up a guide to what does and does not count as sustainable investment to crack down on companies trying to greenwash their activities.
A new Green Technical Advisory Group, (GTAG) will be chaired by the Green Finance Institute and made up of financial and business stakeholders, taxonomy and data experts, and specialist from academia, NGOs, the Environment Agency and the Committee on Climate Change.