IEMA, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, has reacted to the Chancellor’s Spring Statement.

The standards and training body for the environment and sustainability sector, which represents over 18,000 professionals, welcomed the removal of VAT on home energy efficiency and renewables, and following its cut to fuel duty, called on the government to invest more in lower carbon transport.

Sarah Mukherjee MBE, chief executive officer of IEMA, said:

“We welcome the Chancellors' announcement that the government will incentivise investment in skills, training, and research and development, which will create opportunities to unlock further private sector funding to accelerate the UK towards a net zero future. IEMA will work closely with the government and industry to ensure green skills are central to this programme. The removal of VAT on home energy efficiency and renewables is also a positive step that supports the net zero transition and enhances our energy security.

“While we recognise the need to address the cost-of-living crisis and the 5p/litre cut in fuel duty, a key medium-term test of the government’s climate change ambition will be whether it invests more in lower carbon transport including walking and cycling.”