MPs have promised to monitor how quickly the government implements recommendations of the UK’s citizens’ assembly on climate change.
The findings of the assembly, published this morning, included support for wind and solar power, investment in low carbon buses and trains, bans on gas boilers and polluting cars and taxes on long-distant and frequent fliers.
Darren Jones, the chair of the business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) select committee, told parliament:
“we will launch an overarching inquiry into the findings of the assembly in order to review, on a regular basis, the Government’s engagement and interaction with the findings of the assembly and progress in implementing its proposals.
“We will do this by monitoring progress in relation to this important piece of work and working in close collaboration with the other Committees that commissioned the climate assembly.”
The BEIS committee was one of six parliamentary committees that commissioned the work of the climate assembly. The 108 assembly members, who were representative of the UK population, were asked to develop policies to enable the UK to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Mr Jones described today’s report as “ground-breaking” and said his committee would “mainstream the assembly’s work”.
“We will undertake detailed scrutiny of its proposals within the context of other existing and future inquiries.”
He said one inquiry would focus directly on some of the assembly’s energy recommendations
One key issue in the report was a lack of support by assembly members for the capture and storage of carbon from fossil fuels. This process is backed by the Committee on Climate Change and is current government policy.
Mr Jones said:
“We quickly need to understand the capacity of carbon capture and storage for scaling up and meeting needs, but we should also recognise that we must prioritise an urgent speed-up in the use of clean renewable technologies, and in my view carbon capture and storage is only a temporary solution.”