Nick Hurd has been confirmed as the UK’s new climate change and industry minister.
ClientEarth has identified three ways he can immediately put the UK back on the path to being a world leader in this field, as it was when it passed the world’s first Climate Change Act.
- We need to see action on the Paris Agreement. Government must take real meaningful steps to realign its carbon cutting ambition with international climate pledges, and turn its new obligations into domestic law.
- He must re-establish the confidence of industry – and the wider public – in the Government’s commitment to its 2050 climate change target, by developing a workable plan to meet the fifth carbon budget. He must close also the growing policy gap between the fourth carbon budget and government plans to meet it.
- He must push for climate change to be central across all government departments, not just his own.
ClientEarth Lawyer Jonathan Church said: “We welcome Nick’s appointment – he has a lot of work to do. By the end of 2016, we need a credible Carbon Plan to meet the fourth and fifth carbon budgets. It must be developed transparently and with the input of as many people as possible.
“This new carbon plan will represent real opportunities; not just across his department, but for Government and the UK as a whole. Nick will be responsible for making that understood by his fellow ministers. If he can, his job will be a lot easier.”