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Policies on climate change: Liberal Democrats, Labour, Green Party, Extinction Rebellion

November 30, 2019 5:26 PM

The Green Liberal Democrats have issued a briefing designed to assist candidates and campaigners understand the key differences between Liberal Democrat, Labour and Green Party policies on climate change. It contains pages on:

  1. Why net zero targets are difficult to meet
    2. Labour's policies on climate change
    3. The Green Party's policies on climate change
    4. Extinction Rebellion's three demands
    5. Summary of Liberal Democrat plans to cut emissions

It's written by Duncan Brack and the full document is available at:


The key messages are:

The Liberal Democrats propose:
• An emergency ten-year programme of action to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by more than half by 2030 - minimising the UK's impacts on the climate as fast as possible.
• A comprehensive plan to decarbonise every sector of the economy and get to net zero by 2045 at the latest. This covers all sectors: power, heat, transport, aviation, industry, and farming and land use.
• A plan not only for what to do but how to do it - including reforming regulation and frameworks for finance and investment, skills, innovation and industrial support, and reshaping the institutions of British government, central and local.
Without these three elements, no plan for net zero is credible. As the IFS said, 'There is no value in politicians simply competing on targets. They need to spell out the policies that will actually be required to meet the targets and be clear about how the immediate costs will be met.'
Labour does not have an overall net zero policy. Their targets cover only about half of total UK emissions.
• The Green Party has 2030 as their net zero target date, but in fact their policies do not support that. In reality, their proposals would probably have a similar impact to ours.

See here for a comprehensive comparison of parties' policies on climate change.

For full detail of our policies, see our manifesto and Tackling the Climate Emergency, the policy paper adopted at the September conference.