Confront the climate emergency

By Willie Rennie Dec 11, 2019 1

Part Four of our Plan for the Future


The Liberal Democrats will confront the climate emergency


The UK should be leading the world in tackling the climate emergency. Our planet is on the brink of being irreparably damaged. We are seeing catastrophic destruction of nature. The air we breathe is polluted and our oceans are full of plastics.

We are the last generation with a chance to do something about it, before it is too late. There is no Planet B.


Liberal Democrats are the party with a radical and credible plan to tackle the climate crisis and protect our planet for future generations.


We will launch an emergency ten-year programme to insulate all Britain’s homes and buildings. We will insulate all low-income homes by 2025, working in partnership with the Scottish Government to use our share of this investment. The result will be the ending of fuel poverty, more than a decade ahead of the SNP’s existing schedule.


To tackle the climate emergency, a Liberal Democrat government would also:

  • Generate 80% of UK electricity from renewables by 2030.
  • Establish a UK-wide climate citizens assembly.
  • Ensure all new cars are electric within a decade.
  • Ban non-recyclable single use plastics within 3 years.
  • Plant 60 million trees a year to absorb carbon, protect wildlife and improve health
  • Ban fracking.
  • Establish a new Green Investment Bank.
  • Introduce a zero-carbon standard for all new buildings by 2021, rising to Passivhaus standard by 2025.


The Conservatives have failed to take the climate crisis seriously. They scrapped the Climate Change Department, slashed support for renewables and cosied up to Trump while he vandalises the environment and tears up international agreements.


“Liberal Democrats in Scotland have already sped up the transition to net zero by strengthening our emissions targets.”


The SNP took an age to move towards banning fracking, leaving communities living under a shadow. Targets to make our transport system greener have been missed by miles. Meanwhile, the SNP still support the building of a third runway at Heathrow, despite the huge damage it would do to the environment.


In contrast, Liberal Democrats would reform Whitehall to place the climate emergency at the heart of government, ensuring it is at the forefront of everything we do.


Confronting the climate emergency is at the centre of the party’s plans to build a brighter future for the next generation. 


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