What each political party plan to do for domestic energy and the environment

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With the election being held tomorrow, it’s worth noting what each party plans to do in regards to domestic energy and the environment. At the end of this year there will be UN climate change talks in Paris, this year is of particular importance as this election will decide who represents the UK in December. Each party has taken a different approach to the issue from UKIP planning to ‘immediately repeal the Climate Change Act’ to Labour stating that climate change is at the heart of their foreign policy. Electricity bills are at the heart of most campaign pledges. Labour says it will freeze energy bills until 2017 if it wins the next election, but the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats argue this is unrealistic because of the unpredictable costs of gas and other fuels. UKIP says it would abolish green taxes and charges with the aim of reducing fuel bills.

Below outlines the main pledges from each of the parties.


  • 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


  • 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

Lib Dems:

  • 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


  • Repeal the Climate Change Act 2008
  • Protect the greenbelt
  • End so-called “green taxes” to cut fuel bills
  • Prioritise support for organic farms


  • 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


  • Want 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

Sinn Fein:

  • Sinn Fein is committed to protecting and preserving the environment
  • Totally opposed to hydraulic fracking in Ireland, vowing to block it at the executive
  • Actively exploring alternative energy sources to ensure protection of environment
  • Committed to promoting and supporting sustainable growth in rural and agricultural communities

Plaid Cymru

  • Opposing fracking
  • Welsh Climate Change Act to set carbon emissions target for 2030 and 2050
  • Increase investment and energy generation from renewable sources


Voting is tomorrow, so don’t forget to look over each parties policies and cast your vote in what is being hailed as the closest election in decades. 



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