In just over two weeks’ time on the 12th December, British citizens living in the UK and abroad, will have the opportunity to vote in the 2019 General Election. It is only two-and-a-half years since the last election, which was held in June 2017.
The environment is playing a key part in the campaign so far, Political parties are setting out their policies. To cut through the noise, we’ve pulled the key environmental policies from the four main parties and what they have to say about fighting climate change, to help you make an informed choice.
Leader: Boris Johnson
- The conservative party have stated they will set up a new international partnership to tackle deforestation and protect vital landscapes and wildlife corridors. As well as, establishing a new £500 million Blue Planet Fund to help protect the oceans from plastic pollution, warming sea temperatures and overfishing.
- Invest £500 million to help energy-intensive industries move to low carbon techniques.
- Support gas for hydrogen production and nuclear energy, including fusion, as important parts of the energy system, alongside increasing our commitment to renewables.
- Help lower energy bills by investing £9.2 billion in the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals.
Leader: Jeremy Corbyn
- Labour will build a sustainable, affordable, accessible and integrated transport system, founded on the principle that transport is an essential public service.
- Launch a National Transformation Fund of £400 billion and rewrite the Treasury’s investment rules to guarantee that every penny spent is compatible with our climate and environmental targets. In which, £250 billion will directly fund the transition through a Green Transformation Fund dedicated to renewable and low-carbon energy and transport, biodiversity and environmental restoration.
- Labour are looking to build 7,000 new offshore and 2,000 onshore wind turbines, in addition to installing enough solar panels to cover 22,000 football pitches plus a new nuclear power.
- Labour have published an animal welfare within their manifesto which reiterates the commitments to prohibit foxhunting and the sale of snares an glue traps. In addition to this, the Labour party is wanting to ban the keeping of primates as pets and end the badger cull.
Leader: Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley
- A new green deal, which will see new green homes, transport and jobs to get back on track to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 and provide new opportunities for everyone to live happier and more secure lives. This will be a combined investment of over £100 billion a year, with an additional investment in Universal Basic Income.
- Better insulation for all homes that need it, the delivery of major heating upgrades for 1 million homes a year and the creation of 100,000 new energy efficient council homes a year.
- Making travelling by public transport cheaper than travelling by car, by reducing the cost of travelling by train and bus. Coach travel will also be encouraged, with new routes for electric coaches provided across the country. As well as, spending £2.5 billion a year on new cycleways and footpaths, built using sustainable materials, such as woodchips and sawdust.
- Invest £2 billion a year in training and skills to help people access the new, decent jobs created through the transition to a low carbon economy.
Liberal Democrats Party
Leader: Jo Swinson
- Ambitious policies to try to tackle the climate emergency by 2030 include the insulation of all of Britain’s homes, generating 80% of UK electricity from renewable sources, and making sure all new cars are electric.
- Accelerate the deployment of renewable power, providing more funding, removing the Conservatives’ restrictions on solar and wind and building more interconnectors to guarantee security of supply; we aim to reach at least 80% renewable electricity in the UK by 2030.
- Expand community and decentralised energy, support councils to develop local electricity generation and require all new homes to be fitted with solar panels.
- The Liberal Democrats are looking to invest in public transport, buses, trams and railways to enable people to travel more easily while reducing their impact on the environment.
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