The Lib Dem Environment Manifesto sets out a Liberal Democrat programme of delivery for the next five years and beyond, building on the Five Green Laws which are highlighted on the front page of the Party's General Election Manifesto.
The proposals will stimulate more green growth, improve greener transport options, create more energy efficient homes, improve our air quality, reduce household waste and create a zero-carbon Britain within a generation.
Business leaders, investors and philanthropists have also backed the Liberal Democrat vision for a green economy. In a letter to the Independent, they praise the Lib Dem record and emphasises the need for them to be part of the next Government.
The letter highlights how the Lib Dems have delivered on the green agenda since 2010, including:
- Securing £37bn investment in renewable electricity
- Establishing the world's first Green Investment Bank
- Leading Europe to agree a new more ambitious EU-wide climate change target
- Planting more than 1 million trees
The letter says this was achieved in the face of battles with Conservative opponents.
Stephen Williams, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol West, said:
“We have a proud record of delivery in making this the greenest government ever. It was only by being part of the Coalition Government that we were able to succeed in doubling the investment in renewables, nearly tripling the electricity from renewables, and insulating over 1 million homes to make them warmer and cheaper to heat.
“Protecting the environment, tackling climate change and delivering on the green agenda isn’t a fringe issue, it's essential and it's in the Lib Dems' DNA. Having Lib Dems in Government will ensure our green delivery does not come to a grinding halt after 7th May.”
Cllr Gary Hopkins, Lib Dem Group Leader, added:
“Climate change is a very real and serious threat. Anything we can do to make a change – no matter how small – will make a huge impact and I am immensely proud of the Liberal Democrats’ record in government and in Bristol in tackling this global problem.
“Under our leadership, we revolutionised this city’s waste system. We pushed recycling rates up above 50% and secured investment for the Bristol Energy Company. We introduced wind turbines in Avonmouth and invested millions in solar PV panels on over 30 school buildings and into our council housing stock. Our contribution to environmentalism over the years has been central to Bristol winning the green capital honour. We worked with many people over a prolonged period to help bring the honour to Bristol. We also worked with Stephen Williams to deliver £7m from government to fund the city’s green capital projects in 2015.
“This has always been a forward looking city and if residents want further investment in environmental projects, they should support the Liberal Democrats.”
Notes to editors
You can see the green manifesto in full here:
Details of the Lib Dems’ 5 Green laws can be found here:
The Independent article referred to above, can be found here: