Sajid Javid delivered his Spending Round plans for 2020/21 yesterday, announcing the largest increase in public service spending for 15 years.
The chancellor pledged to fund £60 million towards the UK’s decarbonisation and air quality efforts, announcing the government is “stepping up” its leadership towards tackling the intensifying climate crisis.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will receive £30 million of extra funding towards ensuring the UK meets its 2050 net zero target and £87 million towards helping developing countries reduce their carbon emissions.
Details on how the UK will progress towards the ambitious net zero commitment will be outlined in the National Infrastructure Strategy this autumn.
Mr Javid said:
“We’re stepping up our leadership on climate change, with funding for BEIS to develop new programmes to help meet our net zero commitment by 2050. And we’ll set our further details of our plans for decarbonisation in the infrastructure strategy later this year. Keeping our promise to be the first government in history to leave our environment in a better condition than we found it.”