The Liberal Democrats have revealed plans for five new laws to protect the environment as part of its political manifesto for next year’s general election.
The plans include measures to raise the energy efficiency standards for all Britain’s households, an action plan to reduce waste and introduce a decarbonisation target for electricity generation, expanding the powers of the Green Investment Bank and banning electricity generated from unabated coal.
Paul King, CEO of the UK Green Building Council, believes the new plans are “ambitious” and “and raises the bar for other parties to respond to”.
“It’s refreshing to see such positive language which addresses the opportunities of a green economy,” said King. “This can and should be a race to the top for political parties.
“Energy bills are going to be one of the top issues at the next election. The Lib Dems are right to commit to a national energy efficiency programme, but this needs to be able to compete for capital investment with other infrastructure priorities if it is going to be of sufficient scale; while a Zero Carbon Britain Bill must also recognise and build upon the existing targets for zero carbon homes and buildings.”