5 things you need to know about the new cabinet climate committee

1 The government has announced plans for a new cabinet-level climate change committee

The committee will have a broad remit such as protecting the environment, coordinating the UK’s strategy to meet its legally binding target to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and improving air quality.

2. Boris Johnson will lead it

The prime minister will head up the cross-cabinet committee, which will be made up of eight secretaries of state.

3 Michael Gove will be involved as well 

The chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, along with the environment secretary, chancellor of the exchequer, foreign secretary, business secretary, transport secretary, international development secretary and housing secretary, will have a seat.

4 It will head up plans for the UN climate summit

The new cabinet committee will prepare for the UK’s presidency of COP26 in November 2020. 

5 It resembles Germany’s climate cabinet

German chancellor Angela Merkel set up a similar ‘climate cabinet’ earlier this year that has sought to draw up a strategy for reaching the country’s 2030 climate goals and approved plans to phase out coal power by 2038. 

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