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Victorian Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, UK.

The United Kingdom’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has commenced an inquiry into the country’ readiness to play a leading role in the global net zero emissions transition.

The inquiry will focus on the sustainability of the government’s current estate and procurement practices, and what will be required to ensure the country can meet its legally-binding net zero goal by 2050.

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Parliamentary ministers will look into target-setting, enforcement and monitoring, and whether existing strategies are sufficient to ensure the success of the initiative.

The committee invites written evidence from UK citizens until 15 August 2019.

EAC Chair Mary Creagh MP said: “It’s not enough for the government to talk the talk on net zero emissions by 2050, it must walk the walk and lower its own emissions to tackle the climate emergency.

“We’ll be examining how the government sets and performs against its own targets, such as ensuring its fleet of vehicles are ultra-low emissions, reducing waste and water use. Ministers must lead by example in setting out and delivering policies which can meet their ambitious targets. We have declared a climate emergency. Now is the time for ministers to say how they will tackle it.”