A panel of respected economists and environment experts has called for a huge expansion of the green economy to lead the UK’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
In an interim report published in response to the climate emergency and coronavirus crisis, the Environmental Justice Commission calls for a rapid acceleration of policy measures and fiscal stimulus to renew the economy post-Covid.
Convened by the Institute for Public Policy Research, the interim report calls for a fundamental shift in the UK’s economic priorities in order for fully embrace the decarbonisation agenda.
In the transport arena, the report predicts: “Sustainable public transport will be abundant, electric vehicles available for those that need them and take-up of cycling and walking increased.
“Moving much faster will involve rapidly scaling-up investment, greater ambition in relation to behavioural change, and policies to better incentivise low-carbon living while also enhancing people’s quality of life.”
Focusing specifically on transport, the report calls for the rapid decarbonisation of mobility by reducing car use and introducing free or significantly subsidised public transport to improve air quality and health outcomes.
The report’s key recommendations include setting a more ambitious deadline to achieve a ‘Net Zero’ economy than 2050 and reduce emissions by almost 70% by 2030. It also suggests the establishment of a delivery body to oversee the transition to net zero comprising representatives from the Treasury, BEIS, local authorities and metro mayors who would work with counterparts in regional bodies at local authority and LEP level.
Download the full report from the IPPR here: www.ippr.org