MP for the Colne Valley Jason McCartney MP has agreed that the Government should publish its ‘Emissions Reduction Plan’, otherwise known as the ‘Clean Growth Plan’, as soon as possible (Jason McCartney MP reply – Clean Growth Plan delays).
A group of over 25 constituents wrote to Jason McCartney MP yesterday about on-going delays in publication of the ‘Clean Growth Plan’.
This letter followed constituents’ earlier engagement with the Colne Valley MP in the Speak Up Week of Action in October 2016 (some meeting him on 21st October and a larger group taking part in the Week of Action ‘Nature and Clean Energy Walk’ on 8th October.)
At that time, Jason McCartney delivered one of the key asks of that week by writing to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ask him to publish an ambitious low-carbon investment plan to transform the economy in line with the Climate Change Act.
The MP’s briefing (MP Briefing – Speak Up! Week of Action (including low-carbon investment plan)) that Jason McCartney was provided with last October stated, “The Government has promised a new ‘Emissions Reduction Plan’ with new policies to transform the economy in line with the Climate Change Act.”
In yesterday’s letter, constituents expressed their concern that the Government has still not published the ‘Emissions Reduction Plan’.
According to the Independent on 27th March, “the Emissions Reduction Plan, was supposed to be published last year. In January, the Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd said it would be ready by the end of March, but the Government later refused to stand by this deadline. ClientEarth, a group of environmental legal activists, has threatened to sue the Government for breaking its own laws if the delay continues.”
Constituents stated, “We believe that publishing and acting on this plan should be made a priority. Not only will it help us to achieve essential reductions in carbon emissions, but it will also create jobs, boost the economy and improve health. We share the views of the CEOs of thirty businesses and organisations about the benefits of a Clean Growth Plan in the area of energy efficiency expressed in a Clean Growth Plan letter to Secretary of State for BEIS on 27 March.”
Jason McCartney MP has also agreed to write to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to find out when the Government plans to publish the ‘Emissions Reduction Plan’ / ‘Clean Growth Plan’.