Preparing to vote
As the commentators predict no party will have overall majority, our choice of the "minor" party has never been so important.
Understandably, energy efficiency, reducing our dependency on carbon and taking people out of fuel poverty is high on all the political agendas, but higher on some than on others! Here is what the main parties are pledging when it comes to the Energy and the Environment.
Here is what the main parties are pledging when it comes to the Energy and the Environment (Copyright BBC, see www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/manifesto-guide.
- Protect the environment and Green Belt in the planning system
- Spend more than £3bn to 2020 improving the environment
- Phase out subsidies for new onshore wind farms
- Invest £500m over the next 5 years towards making most cars & vans zero emission vehicles by 2050
- Double renewable electricity by 2020, aim to decarbonise the power sector by 2030, leading to a zero carbon Britain by 2050
- Plant 750,000 trees a year
- Charge for plastic bags
- Promote use of electric cars and public transport
- Freeze energy bills until 2017 and give energy regulator new powers to cut bills this winter
- Reduce carbon emissions generated during electricity production to zero by 2030
- Prioritise flood prevention
- End the badger cull
- Phase out fossil fuel-based energy generation and nuclear power
- Reduce all UK greenhouse gas emissions to 10% of their 1990 levels by 2030 to tackle climate change
- Invest in renewable energy sources, flood defences and building insulation
- Ban fracking
- Repeal the Climate Change Act 2008
- Protect the greenbelt
- End so-called “green taxes” to cut fuel bills
- Prioritise support for organic farms
- Wants UK government to adopt Scotland’s ambitious carbon reduction target
- Wants UK government to have a dedicated Climate Justice Fund
- Energy Company Obligation to be funded through taxation and not as a levy on energy bills
- Maximise support for offshore wind, ensuring Scotland sees maximum investment
- Oppose fracking
- Welsh Climate Change Act to set carbon emissions targets for 2030 and 2050
- Increase investment and energy generation from renewable energy sources
At Elmhurst Energy, we don't think that any party has made the sort of commitments that we think are necessary for achieving an energy efficient society and we are urging politicians to read and commit to our own Manifesto which would incorporate plans to:
- Reduce the validity period for all Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) – a property will change radically in a 10 year period.
- Have EPCs at the core of all future energy initiatives – where the industry has invested skills, tools and an established methodology.
- Extend the role of Energy Assessors to include advice – sustainability is an important message and we all need to be involved in spreading awareness of it.
- Maintain an energy efficiency strategy to allow stability to plan and invest – we need better continuity to allow businesses to survive whilst supporting sustainability policy.
If you agree, please use the link below to send the message to your local MP, showing your support.
Thank you for your support.