Comments on the budget's environmental aspects from David Thorpe, director of the One Planet Centre:
This budget is a mixed bag on saving the planet and our environment.
We applaud the removal of the tax break on red diesel for industrial vehicles and the tax shift that will reward more renewable electricity but we hope much of the £1bn research and development budget increase for energy goes into storage solutions and decarbonising the built environment.
We deplore the freeze on the carbon price support rate and the lack of any meaningful policy on energy efficiency and eco-renovation of existing buildings, solar and battery storage.
It is good that the Renewable Heat Incentive has been extended there is to be the new Low Carbon Heat Support Scheme but this must include solar heat technologies.
The government should stop dreaming about new nuclear power as this would take far too long to come into play to make a meaningful difference in sufficient time and is a waste of public money.
The new tax of £200 per tonne on plastic items containing less than 30% recycled plastic will help create a market for recycling plastic and is a useful move towards the circular economy.
Investment in new roads will drive more greenhouse gas emissions and will be challenged in court but we welcome the spending on improving electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
We hope the spending commitments on infrastructure go towards helping it reach net zero carbon, adapt to climate change, and that the treeplanting programme is done sensitively so the trees survive for generations to come.
The £12 billion affordable housing programme and the 1% interest rate cut on councils borrowing to build homes are also welcome.