Published: 5th Jan 2021

A cross-party commission has been launched today (5 January) to understand the challenges of helping less-prosperous regions to achieve net zero by 2050. The Getting to Zero commission has been launched by the think tank Onward and will be jointly chaired by former environment secretary, Dame Caroline Spelman and former shadow energy secretary, Caroline Flint. It will spend the next nine months ahead of the COP26 climate change conference in November looking at three aspects of the net zero transition – how to decarbonise incumbent industries; how to retrain and upskill workers at risk of disruption; and how to create the regulatory and financial conditions for innovation. The commission will use statistical research, polling and focus groups and engage a wide range of Whitehall departments, industries and campaigners. It comes as Onward publishes a new report, which warns that almost half (43%) of workers in the Red Wall work in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)