Committee on Climate Change report on reducing uk emissions

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The Committee on Climate Change has published its 2020 progress report to Parliament on the reduction in UK emissions over the past year. The report includes advice on ensuring a green recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and recommends that “Ministers seize the opportunity to turn the COVID-19 crisis into a defining moment in the fight against climate change.” It found that “a limited number” of steps have been taken in the past year to support the transition to net-zero and states that “much remains to be done.” The report also sets out a specific set of recommendations to the Department for Transport, including investment in active travel and public transport; supporting Network Rail in developing plans to deliver the target to remove all diesel trains by 2040; and integrating Net Zero into all policy making, and ensure procurement strategies are consistent with the UK’s climate objectives.

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