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Environmental Audit Committee hears views on government’s net zero targets

Nick Palmer Senior Writer

Environmental Audit Committee hears views on government’s net zero targets On Wednesday 4 September, the Environmental Audit Committee held its first evidence session on Net Zero, with a focus on how the government sets and performs against its own net zero 2050 targets. Dr Rebecca Willis, Research Fellow, University of Exeter called for individual government departments to have clearer responsibilities in terms of their emissions targets, as although the Climate Change Act was "world leading," that there was not a "clear line of sight" between the Act and the responsibilities of individual departments. Panellists also stressed the need to incentivise smaller, innovative energy companies rather than rely solely on larger incumbents for the UK to meet its carbon emission reduction targets No link   Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation resigns  MP for Orpington and Universities Minister Jo Johnson announced his resignation from his position at BEIS and as Member of Parliament for Orpington on Twitter on Thursday 5 September. Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom confirmed the news on Twitter and called it “a pleasure to work with Jo Johnson, both in Parliament for nine years and most recently as a Minister at BEIS. Johnson was appointed on Wednesday 24 July following the succession of Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister. Twitter – Jo Johnson  Twitter – Andrea Leadsom

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