Climate Assembly to meet for second time

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Assembly members will hear presentations from a range of speakers and be able to ask questions. Image credit: Fabio de Poala/PA Wire

Climate Assembly UK is set to meet for the second time in Birmingham this weekend (7-9 February).

The 110 assembly members, who have been selected to be representative of the public, will learn about energy supply and how we use energy.

They will then break into groups to discuss different topic areas of ‘how we travel’, ‘in the home’, ‘what we buy’, and ‘food, farming, and land use’.

These discussions will continue during the third weekend (28 February-1 March).

For each topic, members will hear a balanced range of evidence on various options for what the UK could do to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Assembly members will hear presentations from several speakers and be able to ask questions.

Evidence sessions will be livestreamed to engage as many people as possible.

Jim Watson, professor of energy policy at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and one of the assembly’s four expert leads, will provide an overview of surface transport and aviation.

He said: “Over the next two weekends we’ll be considering how we use both surface transport (like trains, cars, buses, walking, and cycling), and air travel.

“We’ll be asking the members to consider how changes in how we travel can help get us to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

“This includes measures which could shift journeys to less carbon-intensive forms of travel or to improve the emissions performance of vehicles.

“They will also consider how we might cut the need for travel in the first place.

“With 110 assembly members in the room who have travelled to Birmingham, we will be drawing on their first-hand experiences and evidence from experts to consider how the UK can make changes in this key area of daily life.”

Climate Assembly UK met for the first time last month.

It was commissioned last June by six cross-party House of Commons select committees to give people a say in how the UK should meet its target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The conclusions reached by assembly members will be presented to parliament in a report in April, to help inform ongoing policy decisions.

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