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From: Amanda Solloway MP <Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 23 July 2020 at 14:17
Subject: RE: Green Economic Recovery (Case Ref: AS1782)Dear Mr Pickering-Symes
Thank you for contacting me about a green economic recovery from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
These are incredibly difficult times for the country and while it is paramount to protect jobs and the economy, questions are also being asked about the way the country does business.
I do agree that as we recover from Covid-19, the Government needs to deliver an economy which is stronger, greener, more sustainable and more resilient. I was therefore pleased that, on 8 June, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced a Green Recovery working group, one of five new ‘recovery roundtables’ bringing together businesses, business representative groups and leading academics, to unleash Britain’s growth potential and help the economy recover from the pandemic. This group will explore how to capture the economic growth opportunities from the shift to net zero emissions.
I welcome that work is already underway, and the Chancellor announced a £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme in his Summer Statement. From September 2020, this grant will enable eligible homeowners and landlords to apply for vouchers to make their homes more energy efficient by introducing measures such as wall insulation, double glazing or loft insulation. The grants will cover at least two thirds of the cost and up to £5,000. Low-income households will receive a £10,000 voucher. It is estimated that this scheme could make 650,000 home more energy efficient and could save households up to £300 a year on bills.
The UK has played a world-leading role in tackling climate change and the transition to Clean Growth, with the UK being the first major economy to legislate to eliminate our contribution to climate change by 2050, and the fastest in the G20 to cut emissions. Since 1990, the UK has cut emissions by more than 40 per cent while growing the economy by more than two thirds, and we are a world-leader in offshore wind.
I note that you mention the letter sent by the Committee on Climate Change to the UK Heads of Government. I welcome the increased awareness and discussion on this issue.
Reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change will continue to be priorities for me and my Ministerial colleagues.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.Yours sincerely
Member of Parliament for Derby North
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