Liberal Democrats have ensured the Coalition has been the greenest Government so far in Britain. Lib Dem ministers:-
- Secured £37bn investment in renewable electricity;
- Established the world's first Green Investment Bank;
- Led Europe to agree a new more ambitious EU-wide climate change target;
- Ensured more than 1 million trees have been planted.
On the front page of the Liberal Democrat Manifesto we have said that in the next Parliament, if we are in Government, we will pass the Five Green Laws. These will stimulate more green growth, improve greener transport options, create more energy efficient homes, improve our air quality, reduce household waste and create a zero-carbon Britain within a generation.
Liberal Democrat Energy & Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey said, "In Government we have a proud record of delivery - from nearly tripling electricity from renewables, to making more than 1 million homes warmer and cheaper to heat and securing an ambitious EU-wide agreement on tackling climate change. We've delivered in the face of almost daily battles with the Tories on everything from onshore wind to keeping climate change in the geography curriculum."
Tom Holder, Lib Dem candidate for Greenwich and Woolwich, said, "By putting our plan for five new Green Laws on the front of our manifesto we've shown our intent to go further and faster if we're in the next Government. We want to make sure that the next generation inherit a cleaner, greener environment than we did. Locally this means fighting against measures that will increase traffic and pollution, such as the proposed Silvertown Tunnel. Nationally, this means putting in place our Five Green Laws."
The Lib Dems Five Green Laws are: a Zero Carbon Bill to end Britain's adverse impact on climate change by 2050; a Zero Waste Bill to tackle rubbish tipping and disposal; a Green Homes Bill to insulate 10 million homes by 2025; a Nature Bill to give stronger protection to natural habitats and a Green Transport Bill to make the way we travel cleaner and greener.