Government spending to tackle climate change needs to more than double over the next three years, according to the UK’s leading environmental groups.
In a letter to the new Chancellor Sajid Javid ahead of his setting out of his spending priorities on Wednesday, groups including Greenpeace and Oxfam urged more support for low carbon energy and increased funding for public transport infrastructure.
Their costed roadmap says spending needs to rise from £17bn a year currently to at least £42bn.
Meanwhile the UK Government’s outgoing chief environmental scientist has warned that the general public has “little idea” of the changes that will need to be made to daily lives in order to hit the UK’s net zero target.
Professor Sir Iain Boyd, who is leaving his post as Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after seven years, said that people would have to stop eating meat-dominated diets, use modes of transport which pollute less and curb their excess clothes buying habits.
Boyd called for the creation of a net-zero government department and for taxation to be reformed to reward low-carbon lifestyles.