TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has accused the Government of "abandoning all pretence of ambition over decarbonisation."
The comments come after Chancellor Rishi Sunak all but failed to mention the climate crisis in the Spending Review, focussing instead on what he called a "once in a generation investment in infrastructure.”
Commenting, Cortes said: “The Spending Review was a moment to unleash the green economic revolution, but Sunak failed. Instead of grasping the nettle and resetting our country on an economic course based around green jobs and investment – we had barely a mention on the climate crisis we face.
“The Tories have now abandoned all pretence of ambition over decarbonisation when the climate emergency is all too real.
“With debt repayments going down as a result of low interest rates – even when we have increased borrowing – now was the time to borrow more in order to kick start a Green New Deal. This would in turn secure the future growth we need to significantly bring borrowing down over the medium-term.
“That is the only route to an economy which can endure in the decades to come without catastrophic damage to our planet. The lack of leadership from the Tories on this amounts to a tragic missed opportunity.”