Queen's speech: Action against climate change and air quality

The Queen's speech on climate change urges continued governmental action.

Queen's speech: Action against climate change and air quality

The Government has committed its efforts to deliver on the 2050 Net Zero promise, which was reiterated in the Queen’s speech yesterday. 

Here’s what HM the Queen said during her speech: “My government will continue to take steps to meet the world-leasing target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It will continue to lead the way in tackling global climate change, hosting the COP26 Summit in 2020.”

“To protect and improve the environment for future generations, a bill will enshrine in law environmental principles and legally-binding targets, including for air quality.”

Exporting polluting plastic waste will also be banned to countries outside of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and in addition, tax credits for research and development will increase to support business. A National Skills Fund will also be created. 

Energy UK’s interim chief executive, Audrey Gallacher, said: “We welcome further commitment from the Government today in the Queen’s Speech to delivering net-zero, as well as steps to protect and enhance environmental protections including action on air quality, and we look forward to working in partnership with the Government to go further and faster to decarbonise our economy.”

“It is critical we take action now and avoid further delay so we urge the Government to bring forward the energy White Paper as soon as possible to set out the clear policy framework that will allow the necessary investment and innovation to follow. This, along with a consistent and concerted effort across all Government departments, will allow us to go further and faster in decarbonising our economy.”

“The energy industry looks forward to working in partnership with Government, and other sectors and stakeholders, to deliver our shared ambition of delivering a net-zero economy but we must start urgently. There is no time to waste.”

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