The Green Party’s manifesto for the general election is heavily focussed on fighting fuel-poverty and tackling climate change.
Like the Scottish National Party, the Greens would likely support a minority Labour-led government at Westminster on a number of policies and have also ruled out any kind of parliamentary alliance with the Conservatives.
The manifesto was launched in London by Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader of England and Wales, and Caroline Lucas, who was elected as MP for Brighton Pavilion in 2010. Key energy-related policies spelt out in the Green manifesto are : –
Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time and only the Greens are determined to tackle it by taking serious action to limit our emissions at home and fighting for a fair global deal that secures humanity’s shared future. The Green Party will invest up to £80 billion over the next parliament in renewable generation and energy efficiency.
Real action on climate change will create jobs, reduce energy bills and make life better for ordinary people.
Lucas said: “We urgently need real leadership when it comes to tackling climate change – and that’s what our manifesto delivers.
“From ending the scandal of cold homes to investing in a public transport system that puts the public first, our plans will make a positive difference to people’s lives, create new jobs and help protect our environment.
“We have put investing in a greener future at the heart of our manifesto and only Green MPs will demand Parliament delivers change that reflects the scale of the climate problem.
“Just a few short weeks ago, the leaders of the Coalition and Labour parties signed up to a climate pledge saying that climate change was one of the greatest threats we face. The Green Party agrees. How odd, then, that none of the other parties have made the environment or climate change a priority in the election campaign so far.
“Around 9000 people die prematurely in the UK each year because they can’t afford to keep their homes warm. Fuel poverty is blighting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in this country who are struggling to pay their energy bills
“We will provide a free nationwide retrofit insulation programme, concentrating on areas where fuel poverty is most serious – including parts of Brighton, where I’m standing. This is designed to insulate 9 million homes in total, and to be delivered by local authorities, creating over 100,000 jobs. And there would be an option of a further £15,000 in subsidised loans from the Green Investment Bank for further green energy improvements
“For every £1 invested in home energy efficiency, £1.27 is returned to the public purse because of the economic benefits. It’s also the only way to permanently bring down household energy bills – unlike Labour’s temporary energy price freeze”.