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 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 […]

Lib Dems vote to scrap Hinkley plan

Liberal Democrats members have approved a motion to scrap Hinkley at their party conference. The vote follows Theresa May’s decision to give the final approval to the £18 billion project, the first nuclear plant in a generation, after she decided to review the project. Business, Energy and Industrial Secretary Greg Clark said: “We will introduce […]

20% of Labour and Lib Dems against fracking

A fifth of Liberal Democrat and Labour candidates have said they will oppose fracking despite their parties’ views. The Pledge, circulated by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, asked candidates to promise: “If my constituency is at risk of fracking, I will oppose it. If my constituency is not at risk, I will oppose fracking nationwide.” It […]

‘Unclear’ how Lib Dems will meet ambitious energy targets

The Liberal Democrats energy strategy in its manifesto has been welcomed but some in the industry say it’s “not yet clear” how the targets will be met. Mike Foster, Chief Executive of the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) – a trade body that provides a leading industry voice to help shape the future policy direction […]

Lib Dems set out five green pledges

The Liberal Democrats have made five green pledges as part of its manifesto today. It was launched by leader Nick Clegg, who aims to put the environment “at the heart of government policy” and make energy-saving “a top infrastructure priority”. Green Transport Act The party will ensure every new bus and taxi is ultra-low emission […]

Lib Dems promise 24-hour energy switching

Energy consumers will be able to switch suppliers within 24 hours under new plans set out by the Liberal Democrats. It will also extend the principle of so-called “gainer led” switching, where the new energy provider organises the switch for customers. The party set the targets in its 2015 election manifesto, launched today by leader […]

Ed Davey outlines Lib Dems’ five ‘green’ laws

  With the General Election just a few months away, Energy Secretary Ed Davey outlined the five laws his party – the Liberal Democrats – is planning to propose for a greener Britain. He told ELN his idea is to go “a bit further than we’ve been able to in the Coalition with our Conservative […]

Lib Dems vote to back both nuclear power and fracking

The Liberal Democrats are now endorsing both nuclear power and fracking as part of the UK’s energy mix, after members voted to support them at the party conference in Glasgow on Saturday. The use of nuclear power in ‘limited’ circumstances was backed by 230 votes to 183. It is seen as a victory for the […]

Lib Dems vote for 2030 decarbonising target

The Liberal Democrats today voted in favour of decarbonising the UK power sector within two decades. At the Autumn Conference in Brighton, delegates approved an emissions target of 50-100 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour (KWh) for any fossil fuel plant built after 2030. This puts added pressure on the UK Government as it […]

Huhne accuses Big Six of ‘predatory pricing’

Chris Huhne has announced that the Government will crack down on the Big Six putting up energy prices. Speaking at the Liberal Democrats Conference, the Energy Secretary also claimed that Britain’s low carbon economy was strong for our economic recovery. Mr Huhne said: “We are determined to get tough with the big six energy companies […]