To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on coordinating the Government's net zero strategy and the provisions of the Environment Bill in respect of pollutant reduction.
23 November 2021
The Secretary of State has regular, productive conversations with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy about net zero and the environment.
The Net Zero Strategy enforces the government’s commitment to leave the environment in a better state than we found it. As climate change and air pollution have many of the same emission sources, delivering the measures set out in the Net Zero Strategy will significantly benefit air quality and contribute to meeting the targets that will be established under the Environment Act.
We are working closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ensure those benefits to air quality are delivered and any potential impacts managed. We are considering the impact of the net zero policy pathway on air quality as part of our work to set these targets.