Kelly-Marie Blundell, Liberal Democrat candidate for Guildford has backed the Party’s drive to double the amount of clean, renewable electricity produced in Britain by 2020 and make Britain zero carbon by 2050.The aim is to stop adding to climate change.
In Government the Liberal Democrats have already more than doubled the amount of electricity from renewables, such as wind and solar. “We have overseen the single biggest reform of the UK’s energy infrastructure since privatisation, created a low-carbon, pro-renewable, and energy secure nation less reliant on unstable regimes for energy needs“, said Kelly-Marie.
“Liberal Democrats are prioritising the environment in the coming General election by putting green issues at the front of our election manifesto.” “If in Government after the General Election, we will take the fight against climate change further by introducing a Zero Carbon Britain Bill.”
Measures in the Bill will include:
A new legally binding target for Zero Carbon Britain by 2050.
A new legally binding decarbonisation target for the power sector by 2030 to support investment in all forms of low carbon electricity.
Establishing an ‘Office for Accelerated Low Carbon Innovation’ to fast-track new green tech including tidal power, renewable heat, ultra-low emission vehicles, energy storage and CCS.
Applying Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) to existing coal plants from 2025 to end use of coal generation, unless accompanied by carbon capture and storage.
Full borrowing powers to the Green Investment Bank, to further boost investment in low carbon technology.
Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said, “It’s no exaggeration to say our future, and that of our children, depends upon us tackling climate change head on. The more we delay, the more we are at threat from this ticking time bomb. This is why if in Government again we will set about making Britain zero carbon, securing more home grown renewable energy whilst also reducing our reliance on regimes who use western energy needs as a blunt foreign policy Tool”.
Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey added, “Our Zero Carbon Bill will makea huge contribution to creating a stronger economy and a fairer society. A stronger economy means a quarter of a million new green jobs over the next 5 years, and establishing Britain as a world leader in renewable technology. “A fairer society means not mortgaging the futures of our children and grandchildren by acting now to end the adverse
impact of climate change and protect the British landscape and wildlife.”