Conservative Manifesto: “We Have Been The Greenest Government Ever”

The Conservative Manifesto boldly states that it has been the UK’s “greenest government ever” and looks to the future of the UK’s environment by setting itself the goal of heading the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in “a better state than that in which we found it.” 

To do this it says it has pledged to cut carbon emissions in the most “cost effective” way, put in place a new “Blue Belt” to protect marine habitat, invest in cleaner air and water and keep forests in trust for the nation.

The Manifesto, however, offers no future policy on resource security, how to tackle England’s stalling recycling rates or how it intends to help the UK move towards a circular economy.

The Manifesto states: “We have been the greenest government ever, setting up the world’s first Green Investment Bank, signing a deal to build the first new nuclear plant in a generation, trebling renewable energy generation to 19 percent, bringing energy efficiency measures to over one million homes, and committing £1bn for carbon capture and storage.

“We have been the greenest government ever, setting up the world’s first Green Investment Bank, signing a deal to build the first new nuclear plant in a generation, trebling renewable energy generation to 19 percent, bringing energy efficiency measures to over one million homes, and committing £1bn for carbon capture and storage”

“We are the largest offshore wind market in the world. We will push for a strong global climate deal later this year – one that keeps the goal of limiting global warming to two-degrees firmly in reach.

“At home, we will continue to support the UK Climate Change Act. We will cut emissions as cost-effectively as possible, and will not support additional distorting and expensive power sector targets.”

ADBA’s Chief Executive, Charlotte Morton, commented: “The Conservative manifesto is lukewarm at best on support for the green economy.

“Anaerobic digestion has enormous potential to support rural employment, improve our energy security and reduce carbon emissions. Our industry grew by 500% in the last parliament – developers and investors are ready to continue that growth, but need clear support for renewable energy and resource management to do so.”

The Labour Party published earlier this week also lacks any real future policy pledges for the sector (See CIWM Journal Online story), however the Green Party Manifesto pledges to up the UK’s recycling target to 70 percent by 202 and introduce and food waste landfill ban (See CIWM Journal Online story).

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