20 Apr 2011 10:04:08
Green Party aims to help Northern Ireland lead low-carbon economy
The Green Party has set out its Northern Ireland Assembly manifesto and wants to help Northern Ireland lead a low-carbon economy.
It is looking to use the financial crisis and credit crunch as a positive and create a future that breeds self-sufficiency and sustainability.
The party is promising to insulate 500,000 homes in Northern Ireland and introduce legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Steve Agnew, leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland, said: "Resources are stretched and we have to prioritise spending on areas that meet a number of policy objectives. There is no sense in squandering money on projects that may be good economically but environmentally damaging or pushing environmental policies that are not good for people."
Furthermore, among its energy efficiency pledges, the party said that it wants to keep Northern Ireland nuclear-free and develop local renewable sources to reduce the dependency on imported fossil fuels.
The Northern Ireland Assembly election takes place on May 5th, with 108 seats being contested.