The Liberal Democrats have confirmed at the party’s Spring Conference that its proposed Five Green Laws will be included in the General Election Manifesto.
The proposals, which focus on environmental protection, will grant full borrowing powers to the Green Investment Bank among other measures.
The party has claimed that this will allow the bank to increase its investment in low-carbon technology.
Their agenda also includes the Zero Waste Bill which makes a number of commitments:
- trebling fines for organisations that fly-tip for tax evasion purposes
- a review into the tax structure across landfill, incineration and collection
- a ‘responsibility deal’ between government and business to improve the recyclability of packaging
- commissioning a UK-wide review on revenue generation from Britain’s waste and the possibility of legally binding targets on waste
The party claims that the increase in fly-tipping fines could generate £500m for the taxpayer.
Lib Dem Energy secretary Ed Davey said: “The Lib Dems are the only party to have nailed their green credentials to the mast, and set out how this radical agenda will be delivered in a way that is both credible and affordable.”
The Lib Dems’ other ‘green’ laws concern:
- Zero carbon: a decarbonisation target for electricity generation, expanding the powers of the GIB and banning electricity generated from unabated coal.
- Heating and energy efficiency: a national programme to raise the energy efficiency standards for all Britain’s households, plus legislation to boost renewable and district heating programmes and heat saving standards.
- Transport: establishing a full network of charging points for electric cars, allowing only low-emission vehicles on the roads from 2040 and reforming planning law to ensure new developments are designed around walking, cycling and public transport.
- Nature: legal targets for biodiversity, clean air, clean water and access to green space, extending the Right to Roam and establishing new marine and coastal reserves.