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Call for Evidence: Greening the Post-Covid Recovery

The Committee is looking to align post-Covid pandemic economic stimulus packages with the UK’s climate and environmental goals.

The IET is particularly interested in answering the following questions:

  1. How can any fiscal and economic stimulus packages be aligned with the UK's ambitions on net-zero, biodiversity, the circular economy, and Sustainable Development Goals?
  2. In what areas should interventions be targeted to deliver both economic and environmental benefits in the short and long term?
  3. How could the Autumn budget be used to shift taxation to environmental harms, such as pollution and waste?
  4. How can the economic recovery stimulus be used to deliver green jobs at a time of potentially high unemployment?
  5. The pause in economic activity, fall in traffic and increase in working from home during the lockdown has resulted in rapid reductions in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; what measures can be utilised in the recovery to continue these trends as economic activity resumes?
  6. In the run-up to Conferences of the Parties to UN conventions on climate change and biodiversity next year, how can the UK use its influence, as both host of COP26 and when holding the Presidency of the G7 in 2021, to influence the nature of economic rescue packages around the world?

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents. In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to only addressing those questions that are within its area(s) of competence.

For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation webpage.

Please respond no later than 9 am 10/08/20 to James Robottom, with "Call for Evidence: Greening the Post-Covid Recovery" in the subject line.