Green Party’s ambitious manifesto ‘challenging’

The Green Party’s manifesto has attracted positive responses but some believe the “technical details” of getting the policies right could be “challenging”. Matthew Farrow, the Environmental Industries Commission’s (EIC) Executive […]

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The Green Party’s manifesto has attracted positive responses but some believe the “technical details” of getting the policies right could be “challenging”.

Matthew Farrow, the Environmental Industries Commission’s (EIC) Executive Director said: “The Green Party manifesto, as one would hope, contains ambitious environmental polices many of which we would strongly support.”

The EIC particularly welcomed plans to reduce diesel emissions, the tough carbon reduction targets and the nation-wide insulation programme.

Mr Farrow added: “In addition to the environmental benefits, action in these areas would also create many thousands of green jobs.

“Having said that, getting the technical details of these policies right would be challenging and we look forward to being engaged in taking these topics forward.”

Some of the promises made by the Green Party include a ban on fracking and a £35 billion investment in renewable energy.

Greenpeace also welcomed the plans.

The environmental group’s UK Chief Scientist Dr Doug Parr said: “The best way to tackle climate change whilst keeping bills under control is through making homes much more efficient.

“Whilst the Tories barely mentioned it, the Green manifesto rightly puts warmer homes and clean energy front and centre.”

Read the full Green Party manifesto here.

The Conservatives also released their manifesto today, with announcements including a ban on onshore wind subsidies but continued support for fracking. 

The Labour Party launched its manifesto yesterday, which includes pledges to get tough on energy companies and tackle climate change.