The Liberal Democrats have claimed that they will tackle the climate and environmental emergency, announcing a plan to make the UK a net zero carbon economy by 2045, spending £15 billion pounds to make homes energy efficient. Commenting on the Lib Dems climate announcement, Shadow Business Energy & Industry Strategy Secretary Rebecca Long Bailey said:
“This Tory-lite package is woefully unambitious and the Lib Dems’ sums don’t add up – £575 per house would barely cover a couple of new windows.
”At that pace, they’d be lucky to get to net zero by 2075, let alone 2045 as they claim.
“Labour has a radical, credible plan to tackle the climate and environmental emergency.”
Climate scientists have also expressed disappointment at the poverty of ambition of the Conservatives’ plans for tackling the climate and environmental emergency. Their ambition for a net zero economy by 2050 lacks detail and, furthermore, the deadline of 2050 is simply too late to prevent irreversible damage.
James Bull, Labour’s candidate for South East Cambridgeshire added:
“We do not have time to wait for failure of half-hearted plans like those of the Lib Dems. The whole future of our planet is at stake. Those of us living in South East Cambridgeshire should be aware of just how devastating the current projected climate change would be. Just a 1 metre rise in sea levels would put much of South East Cambridgeshire under water.”
“Labour’s plans are radical. We have a fully costed programme that will bring hundreds of thousands of high-skilled new jobs in the green economy as new technology is developed in the UK to meet Labour’s target of making the UK carbon neutral by 2030. This is the date that leading climate scientists emphasised again only on 6 November is crucial if we are to prevent climate crisis. Labour’s plans will ensure that all new homes are built to strict energy efficiency guidelines, while billions will be provided to retrofit existing homes.”
"We do not have time to wait for failure of half-hearted plans like those of the Lib Dems. The whole future of our planet is at stake."