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Investing in low-carbon jobs is not just about the future

The time to act is now

By Philip Dunne  

Blyth in Northumberland, which is set to be home to one of the UK’s first “gigafactories.” © David Levenson/Alamy Stock Photo

In January, as the UK plunged into a further period of severe national restrictions, important sectors of the economy began grinding to a halt. The Chancellor quickly confirmed renewed economic stimulus packages: a recent commitment of £4.6bn, for example, was aimed at ensuring businesses do not fold and securing millions of jobs. But even this challenging period brings an opportunity to ensure a “green” economic recovery. We must seize it. The Environmental Audit Committee in the House of Commons, which I chair, is examining how to align future such economic measures with the UK’s ambitious climate and environment goals.

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