The ‘Can-do-Cities’ initiative is showing how local actions have the potential to save as much as £7 billion each year across the 50 largest cities in the UK – that’s equivalent to £300 per year for every person in each of these cities – and create more than 90,000 years of extra employment.
The Government has failed to set out plans to achieve a series of international goals in the UK, from ending poverty and hunger to tackling climate change, MPs have warned. Instead it is treating the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, as a ‘developing world issue’ and has no clear plan to implement them in the UK, the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee has warned. With Brexit triggered, could the goals be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a cross-party consensus on sustainable development in the UK?
Plastic waste is under scrutiny, as the UK Environmental Audit launches an inquiry into the impact of waste from coffee cups and packaging, and Belgium and France join the United Nations’ campaign to ban micro-plastics.
The Committee on Fuel Poverty has published its first report – spelling out what needs to be done to help England’s 2.38 million households struggling to pay their energy bills.