Green Party to appoint Carbon Chancellor

“A Carbon Chancellor in 11 Downing Street will mean the Prime Minister can’t even walk out of the front door without thinking about the climate emergency”. The Green Party has unveiled plans to appoint a Carbon Chancellor to prioritise environmental and social well-being over GDP.

Greens announce Carbon Chancellor plans outside Treasury
Greens announce Carbon Chancellor plans outside Treasury

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Tansy Dando

The Green Party has unveiled plans to appoint a Carbon Chancellor in 11 Downing Street, putting the climate emergency at the forefront of government.

As the head of a new Department for the Green New Deal, the Carbon Chancellor would oversee the carbon budget and drive a shift in focus from economic growth and gross domestic product (GDP) to environmental and social well-being.

The Greens announced their ground-breaking plans outside the Treasury today (13 November), which would become a new Department for Economic Transformation working alongside the new Department for the Green New Deal.

The Carbon Chancellor would allocate the £100-billion-a-year Green New Deal Fund announced at the Green Party’s election launch in Bristol on 6 November and issue an annual carbon budget to direct the economy towards carbon neutrality by 2030.

The party’s “transformative” spending plans include the building of 100,000 energy-efficient homes each year, revolutionising public transport infrastructure, rapidly rolling out renewable energy capacity across the UK and creating hundreds of thousands of low-carbon jobs. 

Launching the latest policy outside the Treasury, Green Party Co-leader Jonathan Bartley said: “Every sector of the economy needs to decarbonise if we are to become carbon neutral by 2030. Only the Green Party has the bold vision and practical solutions to make our economic system work for the people and the planet. A Carbon Chancellor in 11 Downing Street will mean the prime minister can’t even walk out of the front door without thinking about the climate emergency.

“We need to fundamentally change the way government works if we are going to have any hope of tackling the climate emergency. Making the Treasury a Department for Economic Transformation and creating a new Department for the Green New Deal will put responsibility for the climate emergency at the heart of government.”

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The latest proposal comes as part of the Green Party’s most ambitious election campaign to date in the lead up to the general election taking place on 12 December. Following strong showings in this year’s local and European elections, where the Greens secured their highest ever number of councillors in England (362) and doubled their number of MEPs, the party is aiming to carry over its surge in support into this election in pursuit of its second MP.

The Green Party has also announced a ‘Unite to Remain’ arrangement with the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru to maximise the pro-EU vote at the coming general election. Under this arrangement, candidates will stand down to give a free run to one pro-Remain candidate in each constituency, covering 49 seats in England and 11 seats in Wales. 

Follow more on the Green Party’s election campaign on the campaign website.