The Liberal Democrats have set out their plans to double the UK’s production of renewable electricity by 2020 and make Britain zero carbon by 2050.
The party has announced it will be prioritising the environment in the next election by putting green issues at the front of its election manifesto.
Under the plans, the production of renewable electricity would be doubled by the end of the next parliament.
If in government after the general election, it wants to take the fight against climate change further by introducing a Zero Carbon Britain Bill.
Measures within the bill 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 technology, 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 the use of unabated coal generation; and
- full borrowing powers for the Green Investment Bank, to further boost investment in low carbon technology.
Commenting on the plans, deputy prime minister 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 while also reducing our reliance on regimes that use Western energy needs as a blunt foreign policy tool. Our plans are a bold ambition to end Britain’s adverse impact on climate change completely, but I believe it can be done within my lifetime.”