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UK100 launches Resilient Recovery Taskforce

Jason Torrance

UK100, the network of local government leaders, has launched its Resilient Recovery Taskforce that groups together 24 Mayors and local leaders to commit to infrastructure and public transport investment.

The ‘New Deal for Green Skills and Growth’ is in response to UK100’s recent analysis of figures compiled by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment shows that one in five jobs in England, Scotland and Wales will be impacted by the shift toward a low carbon economy, with an average number of 15,032 jobs that need reskilling in each local authority.

Jason Torrance, UK100 policy director and Smart Transport member, said local leadership needs to be placed at the heart of the UK government’s plans for recovery.

He said: "The opportunity for an economic recovery package that creates resilience in our communities and reduces carbon emissions is more possible now than it has ever been.

"However, success lies in a renewed partnership between UK government and local governments that looks to the future and commits to large scale investment that reduces our climate emissions and builds back better.

"The COVID-19 crisis may of course only temporarily cut emissions. As shuttered factories begin to reopen, commuters get back into their cars and flights once again take to the air, little may have changed in the structure of the global economy – and progress towards net-zero will likely be as slow as ever and air pollution may return to city streets.

"Unless there are concerted efforts by governments, nationally and locally, to ensure this does not happen, our current global tragedy could sow the seeds for the next one." 

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) helped to launch the task force, with Professor Piers Forster attending the first Resilient Recovery Taskforce Roundtable, in which he presented the most recent CCC Progress Report, which focuses on Post-Covid Recovery.

Professor Forster emphasised that local authorities need far more support from national government than they have currently, and that both economic and climate resilience needs to be at the core of all recovery plans.

He also explained how there are opportunities for local leadership to respond to the crisis that meets our requirements under Net Zero legislation, and that central government will not achieve Net Zero without the support of local authorities, as local leaders are better placed to make decisions that work for all parts of their communities. 

 Transport Minister Rachel Maclean

Virtual Smart Transport Conference 2020 presentations available to view now

After three packed days of content the first Virtual Smart Transport Conference has come to a close, but delegates can now gain free access to rewatch all the presentations during the show.

How to watch the presentations

Videos can be accessed by heading to the Agenda & Live Stream section of the Virtual Smart Transport Conference event website and choosing sessions to watch from across the three days.

The event featured thought leadership presentations from over 45 key stakeholders from the public and private sector, with opening statements from transport minister Rachel Maclean (pictured) and Mayor for Greater Manchester Combined Authority Andy Burnham.

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