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Delivering Net Zero by 2050 ‘critical’ for UK professionals

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Weekly Cabinet Meeting of the UK Government on 12-07-2022. Photo by Number 10 on flickr.
Weekly Cabinet Meeting of the UK Government on 12-07-2022. Photo by Number 10 on flickr.
  • The ongoing cost of living crisis and current heatwave have highlighted the acute risks if the UK Government does not prioritise action to combat climate change and build a green economy’
  • 14 professional bodies have put forward their united call for the UK’s new Prime Minister to commit to delivering the net zero transition.
  • Delivering the Net Zero Strategy could create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and prevent the next crisis from hitting families and communities hard.

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14 leading members of the Professional Bodies Action Charter have signed a joint letter calling for the new Prime Minister to maintain the UK’s commitment to delivering its net-zero by 2050 and adaptation targets.

The Professional Bodies Climate Action Charter represents 13 million professional members globally across a wide range of sectors from science and engineering, law, health, construction and the built environment, and finance and insurance.

In this cost of living and energy crisis, a managed transition to net zero by 2050 is the best way to shield UK citizens from future price shocks, create homes that are warm and cheap to heat, and unlock private investment at scale for the sustainable markets of tomorrow. Continued government commitment is essential for successful delivery.

Net zero is one of the biggest investment opportunities the UK has ever seen. The Net Zero Strategy is expected to create over 440,000 well-paying jobs and unlock £90 billion in private investment by 2030.  The new Prime Minister must clearly commit to delivering the transition to unlock these opportunities nationwide.

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Sarah Mukherjee MBE, CEO of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) said:

“We are in a climate emergency, with the frequency of extreme heat and droughts across Europe likely to continue to increase without intervention. We must have a Prime Minister in place who is committed to delivering on the UK’s Net Zero Strategy whilst ensuring that we have a cleaner economy, underpinned by green skills and jobs, to enable the transition to a more sustainable future.”

Heather McKay, UK Sustainable Finance Policy Advisor at E3G said:

“Delivering the net zero transition is key for the UK’s economic future. Professionals across the country want more good jobs, warmer homes, and lower bills. This will not happen without a strong commitment to tackle climate change from the new Prime Minister.”

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Abigail Simmons, Head of Media, IEMA

a.simmons@iema.net

Heather McKay, UK Sustainable Finance Policy Advisor, E3G

+44 (0) 770 727 5359, heather.mckay@e3g.org  

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