By Emily Jane Bull
In the wake of the 12th December 2019 winter election, party’s manifesto’s have been released, promises have been made, speeches have been presented and now all the MP’s can do now is wait.
The hard work really comes now… it’s decision time.
Breaking down manifesto’s and deciding who you want to vote for can be really daunting and very time consuming so here is a breakdown of the climate and environmental crisis pledges from each political party to get the process of your own independent research going.
First up, the Labour Party.
The Labour Party describes the climate and environmental emergency as being “on the brink of unstoppable change”. In response, they have pledged to make the UK a low carbon nation reducing a substantial majority of emissions by 2030. The ’30 by 2030’ initiative puts the UK on track for a net-zero-carbon energy system within the decade of 2030.
Additionally, Labour have pledged to build –
- 7,000 new offshore wind turbines.
- 2,000 new onshore wind turbines.
- Enough solar panels to cover 22,000 football pitches
- New nuclear power needed for energy security.
On the other hand, the Conservative Party who have governed since 2010, have pledged investment in clean energy solutions and green infrastructure; aiming to reduce carbon emissions and pollution, reaching net-zero by 2050. However, their environmental policies seem to be limited to this with a wider focus on strengthening the NHS, investing in schools, building a stronger economy and creating safer streets.
The Liberal Democrats have pledged to tackle the climate emergency by generating 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030, promising support investment and innovation in zero-carbon including new low-carbon processes for cement and steel production using carbon capture and storage.
Their manifesto outlines the banning of non-recyclable single-use plastics aiming for the complete elimination within three years, replacing them with affordable alternatives and extending deposit return schemes for all food and drink bottles and containers.
By promising 60 million newly planted trees a year and investment in public transport, the Liberal Democrats new legally binding target aims to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045.
The Green Party have pledged the combined investment of over £100 billion a year in the Green New Deal; warning that the next ten years are probably the most important in our history for combatting the climate emergency. They have promised to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, alongside the planting of 700 million trees.
Their manifesto policies outline the delivery of a public and sustainable transport revolution, including support for business to decarbonise.
And finally, The Brexit Party.
They have pledged to invest £2.5 billion in fishing and coastal communities, promising to plant millions of trees and a global initiative at the UN. They would make it illegal for waste to be exported across the world where it would be burnt, buried or dumped at sea.
As you can see, there are plenty of parties and policies flying around and it is of utmost importance to read carefully each manifesto and make your own decisions when voting. Each vote makes a difference and if addressing the climate emergency is on your agenda, then this is your chance.
This article doesn’t cover every policy that has been pledged so make sure to do your own independent research.