Comment from National Trust in response to Government's Ten Point Plan for Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs

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Starlings on farmland in North Pembrokeshire
Published : 17 Nov 2020 Last update : 18 Nov 2020

We respond to the Government's Ten Point Plan for Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs - 18 November 2020

Hilary McGrady, Director General at the National Trust said: “The National Trust and many others have called for a green recovery and for the Government to act urgently on the climate and nature crises.

“This new plan is a fantastic platform on which to build towards the UN climate conference that the UK will host in 2021. But technology alone can’t cut emissions and restore nature. The Government will need to follow this up with an ambitious pledge to cut emissions by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement. Nature can play a starring role in the effort to get to net zero emissions and it can also provide a huge source of improved wellbeing and refreshment that millions of people are craving.

“New infrastructure, which the plan relies heavily upon, will have impacts on landscapes and nature and cannot come at the cost of our wildlife or heritage. 22 per cent of the UK’s housing stock was built before 1920 so measures to increase energy efficiency will need to be sensitive to listed or historic buildings and keep hold of the embodied carbon they hold.

“New investment in nature, announced a few days ago by the Government, is to be welcomed although we're waiting to hear whether this is new money or will be drawn from existing sources. Deeper commitments will be needed to set out the goals of the 25 Year Environment Plan: environmental legislation and a planning system that is equal to the task, alongside well-resourced and robust regulators."