Liberal Democrats today passed Green Growth and Green Jobs (Transition to a Zero Carbon Britain), a policy motion setting out the party’s vision for a zero carbon Britain targeted at creating green jobs, reviving the economy, laying the foundations for new technologies, new industries and sustainable sources of prosperity, freeing the country from its dependence on fossil fuels and tackling the threat of climate change.
This motion recognises that existing nuclear power stations should continue to run until the end of their operating lives and accept that new nuclear power stations could play a limited role in electricity supply.
Key proposals include:
- New measures to assist households suffering from fuel poverty and creating incentives for energy saving.
- Transforming the Green Deal into a comprehensive one-off programme to bring all homes up to the EnerPHit standard by 2050.
- Giving the Green Investment Bank greater borrowing powers and promoting the creation of green financial products.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, said:
“I’m delighted that Liberal Democrats have endorsed new policies for greening the UK and moving us to a zero carbon future.
“Once again Liberal Democrats are raising the bar with our zero carbon ambition and throwing down the gauntlet for those who claim to be green.
“The proposals build on Liberal Democrat green delivery in Government creating green growth across the UK, radical reductions in carbon emissions, and leading the way in the EU and beyond on tackling climate change.
“The new policy package addresses the two sides of the ‘energy coin’ – replacing high polluting energy production with low carbon alternatives and working with businesses and consumers to help them reduce their energy use. For Liberal Democrats much of this transition will be driven at a local level, from the development of small scale community energy projects to ‘collective switching’ to pool buying power and keep bills down.
“Decarbonising the UK also requires radical action on transport, through greater use of lower emission fuels and changes in the type of transport we use, from promoting walking and cycling to wider electrification of the rail network.
“This radical policy package also protect consumers and businesses from price impacts. Going greener and minimising bill increases are perfectly compatible.”