The Climate Change Committee’s Annual Report to Parliament calls for immediate and systemic change if we are to build a green recovery post Covid. Investment in the low carbon economy coupled with some bold thinking and decision making on land use, house building, infrastructure and behaviours provides a blueprint for a green future according to Baroness Brown of Cambridge (Deputy Chair Climate Change Committee) and environmental economist Dr James MacGregor. We discuss whether UK government actions match its policies and if we are ready for an almost certain 1.5 to 2 deg C rise in global temperature.
Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng FRS (Julia King) is an engineer, with a career spanning senior engineering and leadership roles in industry and academia. She currently serves as Chair of the CCC’s Adaptation Committee; non-executive director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult; and Chair of the Carbon Trust. She was non-executive director of the Green Investment Bank, she led the King Review on decarbonising transport (2008). She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Society, and was awarded DBE for services to higher education and technology. She is a crossbench Peer and a member of the House of Lords European Union Select Committee
Dr James MacGregor is an Environmental Economist with engineering and environment consultancy Ramboll, holds a doctorate in sustainable policy-making, and has more than 25 years’ experience enhancing sustainability in the global public, private, government, academic, donor and NGO sectors. He is an expert on climate policy and has advised multiple governments, businesses and development financing institutions on how to address climate change as an issue alongside the associated social and economic dimensions. He is also publishing, lecturing and presenting on the need for a sustainable recovery post-COVID19 pandemic