The UK should be leading the world in tackling the climate emergency. We are the first generation to know we are destroying the environment, and the last generation with a chance to do something about it before it is too late. There is no Planet B. If we fail to act, millions of people – at home and abroad – will suffer the impacts of floods, storms and heatwaves, rising food prices and the spread of diseases; the global financial system will be destabilised, poor countries could collapse and the number of refugees will soar.
In start contrast to the lack of ambition in the Conservative manifesto, we have a pragmatic, realistic and deliverable 7 point plan
1) Significantly reduce emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045
Tackling the climate crisis will need significant structural change. We will need to change how we travel, how we build, and how we produce goods and services. A Liberal Democrat government will prioritise making Britain a net-zero emission country. We will cut today's emissions in half by 2030 (falling by 75% compared to 1990 levels), and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045 at the latest. This is an achievable target; giving time for the country to mobilise and industry to adapt.
2) Generate 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030
We will do this by doubling our solar and wind capacity. The Tories have banned on-shore wind, slashed support for solar power and cancelled the Green Deal. They are persistently hindering and delaying climate action.
The Liberal Democrats will invest in solar and wind technology and remove barriers for the construction of new farms. By doing this, we will double the amount of energy produced from renewable sources by 2030.
We will also invest in tidal energy, a massively underutilised energy source in the United Kingdom. We will make the UK a world leader in renewable energy sources.
3) Retrofit 26 million homes by 2030
We will cut emissions from buildings by adding insulation, retrofitting 26 million homes by 2030.
We will prioritise all fuel poor homes, retrofitting all of them by 2025.
Not only will this tackle the climate emergency, but it will save money for families everywhere, cutting £550 of the average energy bill.
4) Plant 60 million trees a year
Planting trees is one of the most viable ways of removing carbon from the atmosphere and is vital for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Only 1,420 hectares of trees were planted in England in the year to March 2019, 71% short of the Conservative government’s target of 5,000 hectares for the same period.
The Liberal Democrats will undertake the largest tree-planting programme in UK history.
5) Build environmentally friendly new homes.
We will build homes that are future proof. Under our plan, every home built from 2021 will have to meet strict environmental standards.
For too long, other parties have only thought about quick short-term wins. Tackling the climate crisis requires long term structural change, and the Liberal Democrats have the vision to achieve this.
6) Establish a new Department Against The Climate Crisis.
In an act of unparalleled short mindedness, the Tories shut the department tackling the climate crisis in 2016.
We will reinstate it immediately. The scale of the task in front of us is enormous. The Liberal Democrats will allocate every resource at our disposal to make sure we reach our ambitious climate targets.
7) Spend £100 billion on climate action
We will spend and invest an extra £100 billion of public finance on climate action and environmental preservation.
Serious climate action requires serious spending commitments.
Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a Prime Minister that will deliver a bold green plan to build a brighter future.