22 July 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT accuses Government of 'Greenwashing' over today's announcement on reducing emissions
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today raised concerns over the Government’s ability to deliver a green economic recovery and cut emissions in line with its commitments under the Paris Agreement.
The Prime Minister has today announced £350m for reducing emissions, including from the transport sector as part of a green recovery of the economy.
RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said;
“Greenwashing does more harm than good when workers across the transport and offshore oil and gas industry are facing chronic uncertainty due to the pandemic.
“Today’s announcement casts doubt over key green recovery projects like the £800m Carbon Capture and Storage infrastructure fund and completely ignores the urgent need to decarbonise through increased investment in public transport, as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change.
“Public transport is significantly more energy efficient than private vehicles but, once again, this Prime Minister shirks the work and leaves it to his private sector pals to come up with a cunning plan.
“We need serious investment in all modes of public transport, and public ownership of our public transport networks, as a central part of a green economic recovery, not ad-hoc announcements to serve the Prime Minister’s fragile ego.”