New 50 Shades of Planning Podcast – Episode 24: Jet Zero

“This moment gives us a much greater chance to be radical and to do things differently”, said the Prime Minister with typical understatement in his Dudley speech at the end of June. “To build back better, build back greener, build back faster.”

Who could possibly disagree with that? Nobody, which is probably why the phrase was drafted like that. It means all things to all people, but the creative ambiguity, nee intellectual incoherence, is illustrated by the catchy ‘Jet Zero’ reference in that Dudley speech and lofty ambitions for the world’s first zero emission long haul passenger plane. The short-term priority is to try to save jobs and livelihoods, but that means restoring high-carbon sectors such as aviation.

The reduction of net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero by 2050 became law in the UK in June 2019. As the Committee on Climate Change recently noted though, whilst “initial steps towards a net-zero policy package have been taken this was not the year of policy progress that the Committee called for.”

The pandemic is a chance to reset the economy and to bring together the seemingly dichotomous nature of greener versus faster, but what would ‘building back better’, if it isn’t just vacuous sloganeering, mean for planning?

Sam Stafford discussed this with:

  • Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy at the TCPA
  • Jon Lovell, co-founder of Hillbreak
  • Claire Petricca-Riding, Partner & National Head of Planning and Environmental Law at Irwin Mitchell

BECG proudly supports the 50 Shades of Planning Podcast from Samuel Stafford, Regional Strategic Land Director at Barratt Developments.

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