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20 November 2020
Following the recent meeting of the East of England APPG on Infrastructure for a Net Zero region, the Co-Chairs of the APPG have written to Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng MP.
The meeting heard how the East of England is already at the epicentre of developments in decarbonising the energy sector and a frontrunner in contributing to meet the UK’s net zero carbon target through its potential for innovation in clean growth technology and solutions for renewables, including offshore wind, hydrogen fuels and nuclear power generation. It went on to consider what needs to be done nationally but also regionally to deliver this agenda.
The letter relayed the key points made during the meeting and asked six pertinent questions:
- How can we ensure carbon is factored into the design and approval of all Government funded projects?
- How can the Government further support hydrogen as a future energy source in the East of England and when can we expect to see the promised hydrogen strategy?
- When will a plan be available to deliver the Prime Minister’s commitment to 40GW of offshore wind by 2030; and will this include a vision on how this will be adequately funded?
- What are your observations regarding the need for intervention to ensure that grid development is coordinated with streamlined planning that better incorporates the North Sea and future offshore and onshore developments?
- Is there a date set for the publication of the Energy White Paper?
- Are there any plans for a Just Transition Commission or Advisory Board to look at the social implication of moving to a net zero economy as there is in Scotland?
The Secretariat will update stakeholders of the APPG when a response is received.
To read the full letter, click here.
7 May 2020
Following a virtual meeting of the APPG in June 2020, the APPG sent a letter to Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Twelve “consensus” points were made at the meeting attended by MPs and business, public and third sector leaders – 68 in total.
- To see the letter in full – please click here.
- You can also read the response the APPG received from Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP – please click here.
- On 13.07.20 – the co-Chairs of the APPG wrote a further response to Rt Hon Alok Sharma, Secretary of State, BEIS and Rt Hon Steve Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury – please click here.
If you would like to watch back this ‘virtual’ meeting, please click the photo below. The APPG was joined by guest speakers:
- Seena Shah – Chair of East of England, FSB
- Jane Galvin – former East of England CBI Chair and Head of UK Corporate Banking for HSBC
- Cllr Linda Haysey – Chair-elect of the East of England LGA.
Next meeting of the East of England APPG
The next meeting of the APPG “The East of England’s road to COP26” will be on Wednesday 26th May.
More details including how to sign up will be published shortly.
Previous Meetings of the East of England APPG
Inquiry into the Green Recovery in the Eastern Engine of Prosperity Evidence Session 2: Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Wednesday 24th March 10:00 – 11:30
Minutes to be uploaded | Re-watch the session
Launch of Inquiry into the Green Recovery in the Eastern Engine of Prosperity Evidence Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities for Building Back Business
Wednesday 10th February 10:00 – 11:30
After the Spending Review: Discussion and Agreement of 2021 Programme of APPG Meetings
Wednesday 9th December 10:00 – 11:30
Infrastructure for a Net Zero East of England and the Region’s Response and Recovery from COVID-19 with the East of England LGA
Wednesday 4th November
Transport & Digital Infrastructure
15th September 2020
COVID-19: Health care services – innovation, integration and improvement
Thursday 16th July 2020
East of England’s Potential Contribution to the Recovery
Thursday 7th May 2020
Tuesday 4th February 2020
Committee Room 14
The East of England APPG is kindly supported by British Sugar, London Stansted Airport, the East of England LGA, AstraZeneca and Haven Gateway Partnership.
If you are interested in supporting the East of England APPG then please get in contact via [email protected]