A Citizens’ Assembly on climate change and achieving net zero has been announced by six of the government’s select committees.

The Assembly will bring together a group of citizens to discuss – and reach a conclusion on – a net zero pathway. A report will be produced after all the sessions are over, with the aim of providing the involved committees with clearer insight into the public’s views on the sharing of potential costs of different policy choices. Evidence will also be gathered directly from participants.

The Assembly is expected to take place over several weekends, starting in autumn, and will run for at least two weekends.

It comes in response to the government’s plans to legislate for net zero, announced after the Committee on Climate Change released its landmark Net Zero report.

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