The Liberal Democrats have promised a 10-year “emergency programme” of green investment to kickstart immediate and substantial emissions cuts across the UK economy, paving the way towards net zero emissions by 2045. In its election manifesto released today, the Party promised to insulate all of Britain’s homes, ensure at least 80 per cent of UK electricity comes from renewables, ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars, and plant 60 million new trees, all by 2030.
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Jo Swinson’s party would respond to what they describe as the “climate emergency”, by generating 80% of UK electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Plans are also in place to generate funds to make all homes greener, starting with low-income homes. Wind and tidal power and hydrogen-powered trains are just some of the technologies the party would back to deliver its climate pledge. On an individual level, the party would also overhaul flight costs to target frequent fliers in a bid to deter air travel and the associated climate impact.
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Even by the standards of an election busy with competing green claims, the Liberal Democrats’ target for renewable energy is ambitious. Their manifesto calls for 80% of the UK’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. We are already on a path of rapid decarbonisation – with 40% of our electricity produced by wind, solar and biomass in the third quarter of this year. And recent government projections suggest that contribution is set to rise to just under 50% over the next decade. So the Liberal Democrats’ plan for 80% would mean the extremely rapid construction of many more solar farms and wind turbines on land and out at sea. Only the Green Party envisages a faster transition.
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