BEIS under scrutiny as Select Committee opens inquiry into Net Zero governance

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched an inquiry on net zero governance, to examine what leadership and co-ordination will be needed by government to reach net zero by 2050.
The Committee will consider the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s role in delivering net zero, how effectively BEIS is driving action across Whitehall and the role of devolved administrations and local and regional authorities..
Darren Jones, chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said: “Getting to net-zero will require a significant increase in the scale and pace of change across every part of the UK, especially in the decade ahead. We need the Government to quickly move from announcing targets to setting out delivery plans, to ensure a fair and just transition, and to bring about genuine public engagement and consent for the measures necessary to achieve our climate targets.
“The Climate Change Committee’s Progress Report to Parliament highlights that the Government has been too slow to back up its high ambitions on climate change with the policies, financing and delivery bodies that are need to actually deliver on our decarbonisation targets.”
The Committee wants written evidence by Friday 27 August on topics including:
• What are the key requirements for a governance structure that can deliver cross-government climate action at the pace, scale and over the duration required to meet the carbon budgets and the 2050 net zero target?
• What governance structures would enable HM Treasury to give greater priority to the net zero target and the carbon budgets in its financial and economic decisions?
• What signals and support does business need from the Government in order to deliver cross-economy decarbonisation?
See the full terms of reference and evidence request here

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