In January 2020 Philip was elected Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).
The EAC shares with the Public Accounts Committee the remit to look across government, rather than shadowing an individual department. This allows the EAC to scrutinise all government departments, and public and private sector impact on our environment, as well as measures to mitigate climate change. This could well be one of the defining policy areas of this Parliament, as we put in place the policies to enable the UK to reach net zero emissions as soon as possible, and certainly by 2050.
In the past two years, Philip initiated the Committee’s enquiry into one of the largest - yet largely hidden – sectors where modern slavery is prevalent today in Britain, and have pushed for more transparency to encourage Green Finance and greening of UK export finance, in improving biodiversity, air, water and soil quality.
It is clear from maiden speeches that many new MPs are committed environmentalists. They will help keep up the pressure on government to deliver policies for the UK to be a leader internationally in addressing climate change. Not least this November when we host the next UN Climate Change conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
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From boosting the take-up of electric vehicles to tackling pollution in our waterways Philip Dunne MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, discusses how the Committee is putting pressure on the Government to address significant issues in environmental protection and sustainable development.
COP28 provides a chance to show international leadership on nature recovery and the expansion of renewable energy projects. Philip Dunne MP, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, discusses what the committee believes should be on the agenda for COP28.
Philip Dunne MP asks the new Secretary of State when the Environmental Audit Committee will receive a response to their letter inviting the Prime Minister to put “flesh on the bone” of his more pragmatic approach to Net Zero that he made in his speech last month.
Philip Dunne welcomed Government amendments to improve Lords Amendment 36, to reflect the substance to improve regulation in UK financial services of financing forest risk commodities overseas.
During the debate on Lord's Amendments to the Financial Services and Markets Bill, Philip Dunne secured clarification that the Government amendments to the Lords Amendment 7 put prioritising nature on the face of the Bill in a legislatively effective manner.
Philip Dunne, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, writes for the Daily Express.
The heat wave we are experiencing is squeezing our precious water supplies. Schools have even closed their doors after taps ran dry because demand for water outstripped supply.