GENERAL ELECTION 2019: PUTTING THE UK ON TRACK FOR NET ZERO EMISSIONS AND A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT

27th November 2019

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The General Election represents an opportunity for a new government to set out a bold agenda to put the UK on track to deliver net zero emissions and reverse the decline of the natural environment. In the lead up to this pivotal election, the Aldersgate Group hosted a Question Time style event where senior representatives from four major political parties set out how they would go about building a zero carbon, environmentally resilient and thriving economy after the General Election.

Speakers also debated key proposals set out in the Aldersgate Group's manifesto Time to deliver: building a competitive and inclusive green economy. The manifesto identifies six priority areas of action for the next government: 

  • Putting in place a delivery plan to achieve net zero emissions  
  • Investing in jobs and skills for a just transition
  • Reversing the decline of the environment by passing an ambitious Environment Bill
  • Radically improving the UK’s resource productivity
  • Growing the flows of private finance to fund net zero
  • Driving international action on net zero through trade and climate diplomacy

Welcome and introductions:

  • Gabrielle Giner, Head of Environmental Sustainability, BT
  • Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group

Chair:

  • Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

Speakers:

  • Kwasi Kwarteng, Conservative Party
  • Amelia Womack, Green Party
  • Alan Simpson, Labour Party
  • Lord Chris Fox, Liberal Democrats