The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) welcomes this opportunity to submit a representation ahead of the Government’s Autumn 2020 budget.
Whilst this spending review will focus on government expenditure for the next three years, it is framed by the government’s response to the pandemic and the legislative requirement to deliver net zero carbon by 2050. We want to see the Government driving/enabling a post-Covid recovery that prioritises public spending and policy on low/zero carbon programmes aligned with achieving a net zero economy and supporting sustainable and inclusive economic recovery. We therefore welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment that “this is going to be a green recovery with concern for our environment at its heart” (8th July).
Place Directors are at the forefront of local Covid-19 recovery and renewal. It is not enough to return to the old normal – having transformed at pace over the past six months, we need to (continue to) forge forwards. As we look to get the economy back on its feet we must ‘build back green’: to create jobs, develop new and essential workforce skills to build resilience against future shocks, boost local supply chains, deliver significant energy savings including alleviating fuel poverty, and health and wellbeing benefits. All will contribute significantly to achieving the net zero target.
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