Lib Dem manifesto aims for zero carbon by 2050

The Liberal Democrats aim to set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% before 2040 and to zero by 2050. That’s according to the party’s election manifesto released earlier […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The Liberal Democrats aim to set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% before 2040 and to zero by 2050.

That’s according to the party’s election manifesto released earlier today, which outlines how their Air Quality Plan would slash air pollution by introducing a diesel scrappage scheme and a ban on the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the UK by 2025.

It would also extend Ultra-Low Emission Zones to ten new towns and cities, require private hire vehicles and buses in cities to run nearly or completely emission-free within five years and encourage electric vehicle uptake by reforming taxes.

Tim Farron’s party would support the Paris Agreement by ensuring the UK meets its own climate commitments and plays a leadership role in international efforts to combat climate change.

It would do this by expanding renewable energies to generate 60% of electricity by 2030, supporting an ambitious carbon capture and storage programme and banning fracking.

The Liberal Democrats say they would also support investment in cutting-edge technologies such as energy storage, smart grids, hydrogen and tidal power.

The manifesto suggests nuclear power stations can continue to play a role in electricity supply and that the UK should maintain membership of Euratom following Brexit.

The party says it will reduce energy bills by improving home insulation, backing new entrants to the energy market and offering incentives to improve efficiency.