14 Apr 2010 04:04:06
Lib Dems unveil environmental proposals
The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their 2010 election manifesto, making a number of pledges to tackle climate change.
In the document, the party said it would aim to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent on 1990 levels by 2020 and make the UK completely carbon neutral by 2050.
To achieve this, it would launch a variety of new measures, including a ten-year programme for home insulation and an eco cash back scheme giving homeowners money back if they install double glazing or replace old boilers, for example.
The party would set a target for 40 percent of the UK's electricity to come from clean energy sources by 2020 and 100 percent by 2050, in line with its zero carbon plans.
It would also block any new coal-fired power stations, unless they feature carbon capture and storage technology. New nuclear power stations would also be prohibited.
In addition, the party would invest up to £400 million in the refurbishment of shipyards in the north of England, turning them into centres for the manufacture of offshore wind turbines.
The Liberal Democrats are the last of the three main political parties to launch their manifesto, with both Labour and the Conservatives having unveiled theirs this week.http://www.libdems.org.uk/our_manifesto.aspx