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6 May 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

Prioritise green businesses during pandemic recovery, say government climate advisers

By Samuel Horti

The government must ensure funds designed to help the economy recover from the pandemic go to firms that will reduce carbon emissions in order to avoid a climate crisis, the Committee on Climate Change has said.

The committee, which advises government on climate change policy, said people out of work should be retrained for labour-intensive “green” industries, such as tree planting and home insulation.

The public should continue to work from home where possible, or if they must commute, they should walk or cycle when they can, the committee said in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. People should also consult GPs online to reduce travel.

It also encouraged ministers to prioritise investment in broadband over road building.

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