Committee urges UK Government to hold aviation industry accountable for emissions reductions

The Environmental Audit Committee has urged the Government to hold the aviation industry accountable for its proposed  emissions reductions, as it publishes the Government’s response to its report on net zero aviation. The Government’s plans for delivering net zero aviation are set out in the Jet Zero Strategy, published in 2022. In this plan, the Government expects technological measures, like increasing fuel efficiency and the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels, to reduce emissions significantly each year. To maintain this ambition, in its report the Committee called on the Government rigorously…

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EAC urges UK Government to act with urgency to tackle global deforestation

UK consumption is unsustainable, with the nation’s appetite for commodities including soy, cocoa, palm oil, beef and leather putting enormous pressure on forests – the lungs of the world – the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) warns. Forests host 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, support the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people and provide vital ecosystem services to support local and global economies. Deforestation threatens irreplaceable biodiverse habitats and contributes 11% of global carbon emissions. The intensity of UK consumption on the world’s forests – its footprint per tonne of product…

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Committee to monitor net zero plans across Government departments in run up to COP26

The Environmental Audit Committee launches a new workstream focused on the Government’s net zero strategy. The announcement follows the Climate Change Committee’s warning that time is running out for realistic climate commitments. Inquiry: Mapping the path to net zero Environmental Audit Committee Setting a new strategic work programme focussed on the Government’s plans and pathway to meet net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the EAC will carefully monitor whether the Government’s strategies are adequate to meet its policy ambitions, and what solutions – if any – can be suggested. With…

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The Trussell Trust responds to Environmental Audit Committee’s report

The Environmental Audit Committee’s new report, Hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity in the UK, finds: Food insecurity is significant and growing in the UK, with levels among the worst in Europe, especially for children Government has failed to recognise and respond domestically – and has allowed these issues to ‘fall between the cracks’ Minister for Hunger should be appointed to ensure cross-departmental action As part of its work with the End Hunger UK campaign coalition, The Trussell Trust submitted evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee. Responding to the conclusions of the Committee,…

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Responsible Car Wash Scheme welcomes Environmental Audit Committee Report and push to drive up standards across the car wash industry.

A new Environmental Audit Committee report welcomes the Responsible Car Wash Scheme, run by the Downstream Fuel Association (DFA), which will enable consumers to identify a fully compliant operator that has been through an accreditation process and verified by audits and spot-checks. The Responsible Car Wash Scheme is working with regulators, supermarkets and operators to ensure full compliance. Members of the Scheme will be able to be recognised by consumers as ones who: look after their workers, trade legally, adhere to environmental regulations and take care of their customers and…

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