An influential group of MPs in the UK have sent a letter to the chancellor Rishi Sunak urged him, to use the forthcoming Covid-19 recovery package to boost low-carbon industries.

The chairs of the business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) committee and the environmental audit committee (EAC) have warned Sunak that infrastructure and investment decisions made in the coming months will be “critical” to building the UK’s resilience to climate change.

The committee chairs Darren Jones and Philip Dunne argued that a net-zero-aligned economy recovery could establish the UK as a climate leader ahead of its presidency of the G7 and COP26 climate conference in 2021, while stimulating the economy, generating jobs, and improving public health and wellbeing.

Philip Dunne says: “The decisions made during this parliament on infrastructure and investment will be critical in determining whether we lead the world in forging an innovative net-zero economy. That is why my committee has today announced a new inquiry focused on greening the economic recovery.”

Jones is due to lead an inquiry into the government’s climate progress at a hearing on Thursday following a report from the Committee on Climate Change, the government’s official climate advisers, which warned last week that the UK is falling behind on its climate targets.

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