Whilst the dreaded Brexit word still takes centre stage in all political showboating in the run up to the snap General Election on June 8th, ENGenerate saw fit to share with its network the big three parties proposed policies in relation to the future of UK Energy and the Environment.
It is interesting to see the use of language around some of the statements used within the party manifesto although in the spirit of neutrality will take the fifth and let you make your own minds up.
So, without bias and in no particular order please find excerpts from the main parties own manifesto and which particular generation source each party are backing for long term sustainability and the prosperity for UK Energy.
· Will ban fracking.
· Back nuclear to be part of the UK energy supply & support further nuclear projects and protect nuclear workers’ jobs and pensions.
· Consider nuclear power and decommissioning as an opportunity both internationally and domestically.
· Protect carbon capture and storage projects & jobs as part of the future energy mix.
· Safeguard the offshore oil and gas industry, protecting vital North Sea assets, and the jobs and skills.
· Committed to renewable energy projects, including tidal lagoons.
· Prioritise maintaining access to the internal energy market & retain access to Euratom, to allow continued trade of fissile material.
· Reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2040 and to zero by 2050.
· Expand renewable energy, aiming to generate 60% of electricity from renewables by 2030, Restore support for solar PV and onshore wind in appropriate locations.
· Building more electricity interconnectors.
· Support energy storage, smart grid technology, hydrogen technologies, off-shore wind, and tidal power investing heavily in research and development.
· Support carbon capture and storage programme.
· Oppose ‘fracking’.
· Accept nuclear power stations.
· Cut waste, increase recovery, reuse and recycling.
· Pass a Zero Waste Act & introduce incentives for businesses to improve resource efficiency.
· Establish a statutory waste recycling target of 70% in England and extend separate food waste collections to at least 90% of homes by 2022.
· A diesel scrappage scheme, and a ban on the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the UK by 2025.
· Continue to support the the oil and gas sector & develop a world-leading decommissioning industry.
· Commission an independent review into the Cost of Energy to ensure UK energy costs are as low as possible while ensuring a reliable supply and allowing us to meet our 2050 carbon reduction objective. Our ambition is that the UK should have the lowest energy costs in Europe, both for households and businesses.
· Establish an industrial energy efficiency scheme helping large companies cut their energy use and their bills.
· Do not believe that more large-scale onshore wind power is right for England.
· Maintain our position as a global leader in offshore wind and support the development of wind projects in the remote islands of Scotland.
· Develop the shale industry in Britain uphold rigorous environmental protections.
· Legislate to change planning law for shale applications.
· Non-fracking drilling will be treated as permitted development.
· Provide Planning functions to support local councils, and, when necessary, major shale planning decisions will become the responsibility of the National Planning Regime.
· Establish Shale Environmental Regulator.
· Set up a Shale Wealth Fund so tax revenues will benefit the communities that host the extraction sites.
· Work with Overseas Territory governments to create a Blue Belt of marine sanctuaries anywhere in the world.
· Ensure smart meters will be offered to every household and business by the end of 2020.
· Upgrade all fuel poor homes to EPC Band C by 2030.
So to conclude the Conservatives are backing Fracking, Labour are going Nuclear & the Liberal Democrats are opposing and accepting the above whilst cutting waste & hoping for a fair wind for renewables in the form of offshore wind & tidal technologies.
ENGenerate hope to publish further policies from other manifestos in the near future, however hope that this blog provides a bite size look at the key policies in respect to the reviewed parties view on the future of the UK Energy.
Whilst ENGenerate has no leaning to any party it is important you do register your vote in the election on June 8th if you are eligible as is your democratic right.
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