Senior figures from the power industry, as well as environmental groups, have criticised Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid for a lack of action in his maiden spending review to tackle climate change.
Javid admitted the “challenge of decarbonisation is real” and that details of the UK Government’s plans to tackle the issue would be laid out in its infrastructure strategy later this year.
Ahead of the Chancellor’s statement, campaigners had called for the government’s spending on tackling climate change to be doubled.
Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association, said: “Despite the current political uncertainty, our climate emergency is not going away and will not wait for Brexit to be resolved.”
Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, added: “The Chancellor is right to recognise the UK must up its game on infrastructure, but any revolutionary plans for digital connectivity, improvements to failing urban transport networks and expanding clean energy must be translated into effective actions.”