The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy released a report last October that explains how a transition to net-zero might affect “gender, race and social inclusion”, and argues that “the BLM movement has drawn attention to the structural inequalities and institutional racism that low carbon transitions must navigate.”
The 83-page report was commissioned to ensure that net-zero isn’t racist. After backlash, BEIS quickly deleted the report and cancelled the publication of planned follow-up research.
New documents released this week, after a Freedom of Information request, reveal that the taxpayer forked out an eyewatering £86,200 for the report. BEIS failed to respond to further FOI requests oh how many staff hours were wasted on this, nor the number of meetings spend discussing it.