Britain: Zero Carbon by 2015

Plans to double the UK’s production of renewable electricity by the end of the next parliament and make Britain zero carbon by 2050 - ending the UK’s adverse impact on climate change for good were released by the Liberal Democrats.

  • Announcement comes as Lib Dems set out Five Green Laws over five days
  • Lib Dems to guarantee nature and the environment are not ignored in the election after putting green issues on front page of the manifesto 
  • Party plan to double the UK’s production of renewable electricity by end of next parliament


Ros Kayes says: "Since being in Government, the Lib Dems have more than doubled the amount of electricity from renewables thanks to overseeing the single biggest reform of the UK’s energy infrastructure since privatisation, creating a low-carbon, pro-renewable, and energy secure nation which is less reliant on unstable regimes for energy needs. They have also led the way in boosting Europe’s energy security through creating a fully functioning European Energy Market."

"Being a member of the Green Liberal Democrats I am thrilled with the Party taking Green issues seriously"

If in government after the General Election, the party want to take the fight against climate change further, introducing a Zero Carbon Britain Bill in the next parliament alongside four other green laws to end Britain’s adverse impact on climate change for good by 2050.

Other measures within the Zero Carbon 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 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 unabated coal generation
  • Full borrowing powers to the Green Investment Bank, to further boost investment in low carbon technology


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