Nigel Riglar, ADEPT President said: "ADEPT has been calling for some time for a green recovery from COVID-19. It is vital that the UK Government takes a strong lead on this in the run up to COP26 and it is good to see it recognised that green and growth can go hand-in-hand. A £12billion investment is welcome news, as is the proposed creation of 250,000 jobs, which will undoubtedly encourage significant and badly needed private sector investment into the sector.
"To be a national success, the green recovery must happen at a local level. Government must provide the powers and resources that councils need to deliver green recovery in every place, and this must be reflected in the Spending Review. We must decarbonise at the local level - planting trees is no silver bullet and neither is a reliance on technology, we also need to encourage behavioural changes in the way that we all live and work, such as making it far easier for people to switch to active travel.
"Government must also provide a wider policy framework that will help to deliver the green industrial revolution. The recent Planning White Paper, for example, completely misses the opportunity to reform the planning system to deliver successful local places that will contribute to climate action and clean growth. And we are still awaiting the Devolution and Recovery White Paper to clarify the future roles of local and combined authorities.”
ADEPT and key partners fropm local government, environment and research organisations published A blueprint for accelerating climate action and a green recovery at the local level in June 2020.
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