Blog > How sustainable are the policies of the political parties?
With the forthcoming election coming up on the 8th June, we want to share with you a brief insight into some of the key proposed policies of each political party in relation to sustainability.
- The Conservatives will ensure that smart meters will be offered to every household and business by the end of 2020, giving people control over their energy bills which they have not had before.
- They will set up a comprehensive 25 year environmental plan that will chart how we will improve the environment when we leave the EU and take control of the environmental legislation again.
- They will champion greater conservation co-operation within international bodies, protecting rare species, the poplar regions, and international waters. They will work with our overseas territory governments to create a blue belt of marine protection in their precious waters, establishing the largest marine sanctuaries anywhere in the world.
- Labour plan to take energy back into public ownership to deliver renewable energy, affordability for consumers, and democratic control.
- For renters, Labour will improve on existing Landlord Energy Efficiency regulations and re-establish the Landlord Energy Saving Allowance to encourage the uptake of efficiency measures.
- They will ban fracking because it would lock us into an energy infrastructure based on fossil fuels, long after the point in 2030 when the Committee on Climate Change says gas in the UK must sharply decline.
- The Liberal Democrats will expand renewable energy, aiming to generate 60% of electricity from renewables by 2030, restoring government support for solar PV and onshore wind in appropriate locations.
- They will pass a Zero-Carbon Britain Act to set new legally binding targets to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2040 and to zero by 2050.
- They will introduce an Air Quality Plan to reduce air pollution, and generate jobs and exports by supporting green industries that manufacture electric and low-emission vehicles.
- The Green Party plan to create a new Green Investment and Innovation Centre with borrowing powers to help create and finance the transition to a zero-carbon economy.
- They will replace fracking, coal power stations, subsidies to fossil fuels and nuclear with the clean green efficient renewable energy of the future, and investing in community owned energy.
- They will produce an Environmental Protection Act to safeguard and restore our environment, protect and enhance biodiversity, promote sustainable food and farming, and ensure animal protection.
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These policy promises are not exhaustive. To access the manifestos in relation to sustainability please click on the links below:
by M Roper | 6 June 2017