Villiers says net zero emissions could help fund parks

Defra secretary of state Theresa Villiers, speaking at the Conservative Party Conference, says the Government's commitment to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will lead to investment in green spaces.

Villier said at a fringe event: “We will have to invest in nature and our open spaces, so I foresee that will be a source of funding for the future for the creation of new parks and the enhancement of parks that we already have. Becoming a net-zero economy means a strong focus on biodiversity, on wildlife, and on the natural environment so we can lock up that carbon.” 

Villiers added that Government proposals on extended producer responsibility could include a duty on producers to pay for plastic litter in parks: “I can see there is an attractive case that some of the costs of collecting plastic packaging litter in our parks and open spaces, might be appropriate to be funded by the EPR, but I must say that decisions on that are dependent on the Treasury and are yet to be made."

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