UK election: Where the parties stand on climate and energy

20 April 2015

LONDON: Ahead of the UK’s general election on May 7, The Climate Group asked the seven main political parties five specific questions about their climate commitments and low carbon growth policies, and published their responses in a new briefing paper.

Although the UK already has in place some of the world’s most ambitious climate policies – including legislated national carbon budgets – in recent years, its leaders’ efforts have been redirected to focus on deficit reduction and economic growth. 

But with the next five years crucial to tackling dangerous climate change globally and avoiding the expensive lock-in of high-carbon energy infrastructure, the UK can no longer afford its low carbon transformation to be a second tier issue.

Businesses too, want clear, supportive policy frameworks to enable them to accelerate scale-up of proven low carbon solutions. Such clear direction is particularly crucial ahead of the Paris climate conference this December. Traditionally a champion of ambition at UN climate talks, many will look to the new UK government to help steer negotiations toward a successful conclusion.

Whichever party, or indeed parties, forms government, must move quickly to demonstrate how they will deliver low carbon investment across the economy, including for critical areas such as renewable energy, transportation and energy efficiency.

Against this backdrop, this short briefing paper sets out answers from the UK’s top seven political parties’ to five identical questions we asked, which reveal the parties’ climate change positions – and what they could mean for the low carbon economy.

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