Following Monday’s investigation of what political parties are really promising for energy prices, here’s our breakdown of party promises for renewable energy!
Where do the five major parties stand on renewable energy? What targets are Labour setting for decarbonisation? Where do the Conservatives stand on fracking? What are the Lib Dems’ plans for the coal industry? How will the Green Party use the Green Investment Bank? Where do UKIP stand on climate change?
Find out now in our easy-read manifesto breakdown.
All efforts have been made to make this comparison as unbiased as possible. All analysis is based on party manifestos. Where one party receives more attention than another it is because it has provided more information in its manifesto.
Renewable Energy Targets
Instigate a legal target to remove carbon from our electricity supply by 2030
Push for a goal of limiting global warming to two-degrees
Cut carbon emissions “as cheaply as possible”
Continue to support the Climate Change Act
Pass a Zero Carbon Britain Act to set a legally binding target to bring net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050
Set in law a decarbonisation target of 50-100g of CO2 per kWh by 2030
Work to cut energy demand by one third by 2020, one half by 2030 and two-thirds by 2050
Set in law a decarbonisation target of 25-50g of CO2 per kWh by 2030
Repeal the Climate Change Act
Scrap the Large Combustion Plant Directive
Stop the EU’s planned Medium Combustion Plant Directive
UK energy mix will include renewables
End public subsidies for wind farms
Will provide start-up funding for promising renewables that offer clear value for money
Encourage onshore wind in appropriate locations
Invest substantial amounts of public money in renewable energy until 2030
Ensure that all schools, hospitals and public buildings are fitted with solar panels by 2020
Aim for 42GW of offshore wind by 2020 and 60GW by 2030
Aim for 25GW of solar energy by 2020
Will support and invest in hydropower
Will withdraw public subsidies for wind and solar power
Energy mix will include green gas and clean coal
Will “safeguard the future” of the offshore oil and gas industry
Explore potential for carbon storage
Energy mix will contain nuclear power
A robust environmental and regulatory regime must be establised before fracking can take place
Continued support of North Sea oil and gas
Continued expansion of nuclear energy sector
Continued support of fracking
Ensure electricity generation from unabated coal will stop by 2025
Gas stations built after 2030 must be fitted with Carbon Capture and Storage Technology
Encourage onshore wind in appropriate locations
Will "accept that new nuclear power stations can play a role in low-carbon electricity”, provided that environmental concerns are met and plants are not funded by public subsidies
Fracking efforts must be properly regulated to protect our environment
Establish a fund to use 50% of tax revenues from shale gas to fund environmentally friendly projects
Require that finished shale gas wells must be offered up to geothermal heat developers at no cost
Phase out fossil fuel based generation
End fossil fuel industry tax breaks
Close all coal-fired power stations by 2023
Support carbon capture and storage as a transitional technology
Phase out nuclear power within ten years
Ban all UK fracking operations and any other new fossil fuel developments
Encourage the re-development of British power stations
Halt the decline of coal power stations and seek private funding to develop new, efficient plants
Discontinue the carbon floor tax on the basis that carbon capture and storage is used
Energy mix will include nuclear power
Supports the development of shale gas provided safeguards are in place to protect local communities and the environment
Income from shale gas operations will be used for lower council taxes or local community projects
For more information on the promises, proposals and principles of the parties above, why not consult their manifestos? It's a great way to find out exactly what they're promising.
Until the 7th of May, then, we wait impatiently to discover the future of UK energy...
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