13 Apr 2010 04:04:07
Tories urge electorate to vote blue, go green
The Conservatives have published their 2010 election manifesto with the claim that people who vote for them will be helping the environment.
In the document, the party said it wanted to make it easier for people and businesses to go green by putting incentives in place to help them.
It said it would aim to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and deliver a ten per cent cut in central government emissions within 12 months.
The party also said it would introduce an Emissions Performance Standard to limit the greenhouse gases produced by power stations and deliver an offshore electricity grid to support a new generation of wind power.
It added that under a Conservative government, energy regulator Ofgem would be reformed and cut the number of quangos intervening in the energy market.
For families, a Green Deal would be introduced giving homes up to £6,500 worth of energy improvement measures, the manifesto stated.
The energy efficiency of household appliances would also be improved through a new scheme similar to the 'top runner' initiative in Japan.
Labour launched its election manifesto yesterday (April 12th) making a number of environmental pledges, including a commitment to generate 40 percent of the UK's electricity from low-carbon sources by 2020.http://tinyurl.com/ydpk9gr