Green Alliance to act as secretariat for parliamentary environment group

Led by a new cross-party committee chaired by Anthony Browne MP, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Environment (APPG) is relaunching with Green Alliance taking the reins as secretariat.

The APPG will also be hosting an event every fortnight that focuses on major policy issues affecting the environment.

Houses of parliamentFounded in 1979, Green Alliance has a close working relationship with a wide network of NGOs and parliamentarians, including founding the Greener UK coalition in 2016 to assess and track the implications Brexit has on environmental protection.

The Green Alliance has released sector-leading reports and research into a range of topical environmental issues, including a report on the damage alternatives to single-use plastic can still have on the environment.

Robin Bines and Adrian Wilkes, who have managed the APPG for over 27 years, are due to retire at the end of September.

Plans are already in place to ensure MPs from all parties are best informed to hold the government accountable in future programmes of legislation, such as the new Energy White Paper and the National Tree Strategy.

Former Bank of England governor Mark Carney kicked off the APPG’s schedule of events yesterday (15 September), addressing parliamentarians on the need for a green economic recovery in the aftermath of Covid-19 at a virtual event.

He discussed what global governments can do to ensure that the post-Covid economic recovery accelerates progress towards the Paris climate goals, and what can be expected of the postponed COP26 climate summit, which takes place in Glasgow in November next year.

This will be followed by ‘Housing and planning: are the governments planning reforms sustainable enough?’ on 29 September and ‘The war on plastics: how can we make the plastics tax work? What else do we need to do?’ on 13 October.

Anthony Browne, Chair of the APPG on the Environment, and former environment editor of the Observer and Times newspapers, said: “We have a moral duty to pass on a sustainable world to future generations. I am determined to raise the profile and understanding of environmental issues across the House of Commons and House of Lords, as well as more widely across government and policy-making circles.

Relaunching the APPG, fuelled by the impressive expertise of Green Alliance, is a key way of doing that. Their long history working with NGOs and legislators, as well as their politically-neutral evidence-based approach, will be essential as we look to ensure environmental priorities are at the heart of government policy.”

Chris Venables, Head of Politics at Green Alliance, and staff lead for the APPG Environment, said, “There is no area of environmental policy in which increased scrutiny and calls for greater ambition from MPs and peers would be unwelcome – so that is our goal – and we’re excited to work with the officers and members to achieve it.”

Other waste and resources events on recycling uptake and a deposit return scheme for bottles will take place on 24 November and 26 January.

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