These documents detail advice to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on using a whole systems approach to deliver a better transition towards the target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 as well as detailing the Prime Minister's reply.

The following recommendations were made by the Prime Minister:

1. The newly established Cabinet Committee on Climate Change should ensure the net-zero target is translated into all areas of government responsibility. This is essential to guide the development of specific actions needed in the coming years to achieve net-zero by 2050. Strong leadership from the Committee is essential to maintain a sense of urgency and accountability.

2. The Cabinet Secretary should establish a multi-disciplinary operational group to support the development of the strategy and drive delivery across government.

3. Government should develop a stronger, better integrated analytical hub to:

  • provide Ministers and the operational group with a broader understanding of systems and the interactions between technical, economic, environmental and social factors relevant to achieving net-zero.
  • publish and share evidence models and leverage the host of actors who wish to collaborate on this endeavour, making data available to inform decisions taken at a regional or local level.

4. Government should require all regulators to develop an explicit first-order objective to support the transition to net-zero by 2050.

5. To enable transparency and accountability across government, we recommend that government undertake and publish carbon emissions assessments for all public sector policies, including major infrastructure projects or investments.

6. Government should bring together public sector funders to develop a bold, coherent, mission-driven programme of public sector research and innovation investment to achieve net-zero. This body should have a level of authority to influence spending decisions across departments, influence the strategic direction of UKRI programmes and set out opportunities for leveraging business activity.

7. To further support deployment of decarbonisation technology and infrastructure, the government should consider establishing a national infrastructure investment bank, with an explicit mandate to support the transition to net-zero, to help manage risk, partner with the private sector, and bring down the cost of finance. 

8. To help households, businesses and public service providers make the investments needed to deliver the transition to net-zero, the government should work with private sector financial institutions to establish frameworks and instruments to give them access to the required finance and support. 

9. Government should announce a clear, credible domestic plan for achieving net-zero to set an example that could help inspire international action and commitment under presidency of the COP26 in Glasgow. It should build the objective of fostering international action into its work and international collaborations on trade, investment, finance, technology, capacity building and R&D.

The following link details both the recommendations and the reply from the Prime Minister.

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