Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions

Richard Benyon Excerpts
Tuesday 8th October 2019

(11 months, 3 weeks ago)

Westminster Hall
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sarah Newton Hansard
8 Oct 2019, 9 a.m.

We will bear that in mind, Mr Gray. My right hon. Friend makes a good point: COP 26 is a great opportunity, as he so well articulated. Some sort of roadshow would be a good idea, as it would harness the great work going on and give the Government an opportunity to communicate to communities the sort of innovation funding and support plans available, so people can engage.

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Ind) Hansard
8 Oct 2019, 9 a.m.

I will be very quick. There is an opportunity for Members of this House to take a lead in our constituencies. Does my hon. Friend agree that a good way would be to have local assemblies, where we inform people of what is going on, they can inform us and we can feed that through?

Sarah Newton Hansard

My right hon. Friend makes an incredibly important point. We are leaders in our communities and we have agency, as he describes, to make a positive difference.

This country also has world-leading universities and tech companies. I would like the Government to set up an ecotech innovation fund, so we can harness expertise to create user-friendly, accessible apps and websites that seamlessly compile impartial and accurate data and explain what people can do and how they can access support.