Election 2015 – Environmental Policies: Are You In The Know?

polling stationWith just a one day to go before we’re called to the polling station, how will you cast your vote? Who has pledged to focus on key environmental issues and lay down a convincing fight against climate change?

Here is a brief policy guide covering all key environmental issues:

Conservatives
• Protect the environment and Green Belt in the planning system
• Spend more than £3bn to 2020 improving the environment
• Phase out subsidies for new onshore wind farms
• Invest £500m over the next five years towards making most cars and vans zero emission vehicles by 2020

Labour
• Freeze energy bills until 2017 and give energy regulator new powers to cut bills this winter
• Reduce carbon emissions generated during electricity production to zero by 2030
• Prioritise flood prevention

Liberal Democrats
• Double renewable electricity by 2020, aim to decarbonise the power sector by 2030, leading to a zero carbon Britain by 2050
• Plant 750,000 trees a year
• Charge for plastic bags
• Promote use of electric cars and public transport
• New five laws to protect nature and fight climate change

UKIP
• Repeal the climate Change Act 2008
• Protect the greenbelt
• End so-called green taxes to cut fuel bills
• Prioritise support for organic farms

Green Party
• Phase out fossil fuel-based energy generation and nuclear power
• Reduce all UK greenhouse gas emissions to 10 per cent of their 1990 levels by 2030 to tackle climate change
• Invest in renewable energy sources, flood defences and building insulation
• Ban fracking

SNP
• Wants UK government to adopt Scotland’s ambitious carbon reduction target
• Wants UK government to have a dedicated Climate Justice Fund
• Energy Company Obligation to be funded through taxation and not as a levy on energy bills
• Maximise support for offshore wind, ensuring Scotland sees maximum investment

For a full list of policies, click here.

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