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Green Liberal Democrats

Welcome

The Green Liberal Democrats promote environmental issues within the party and in collaboration with other organisations.

We regard climate change as one of the biggest challenges of our generation. Countries around the world urgently need to implement the commitments made in 2015 at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. Some countries are making significant progress but the UK is currently failing to demonstrate clear political leadership to address the urgent environmental problems facing the planet. The Green Liberal Democrats seek to influence political policies, both within the Liberal Democrats and across the wider political spectrum.

Our objectives are to:

  • promote a green approach to policy formation within the Liberal Democrats.

  • provide information and political education from a green perspective to Party activists and elected representatives.

  • establish and develop links with the wider green movement.

  • welcome those that share our aims into the Green Liberal Democrats, to encourage participation in its activities and to ensure equality of opportunity for all members.

We seek to build support within the electorate for the transition to a green economy. If you would like to become involved there is a wide range of opportunities to contribute your skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. Join on line here.

Checkout our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/greenlibdems/info/




Our latest News Articles:

  • Animal welfare
    Article: Nov 10, 2017

    Local MP Tim Farron has called on the government to commit to keeping animal welfare laws after Britain has left the EU.

    The South Lakes MP today met with representatives from Cumbrian eggs business 'Lakes Free Range' at an event in Parliament hosted by the RSPCA to discuss the impact of Brexit on farm animal welfare.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Mariam Mahmood has today called on both of Scotland's government to commit to guaranteeing environmental protections will be at least as strong as current EU protections if the UK leaves the European Union, as a major environmental conference warned that Brexit could put the country's protected sites at risk.

  • Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils proposed merger
    Article: Nov 10, 2017

    Yesterday (7th November), the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, made a statement in the House of Commons announcing that he is "minded to" implement the proposal to merge Suffolk Coastal and Waveney district councils into a single new district council -- the so-called "super district council", which would be (reportedly) the biggest district council in the country. His statement went as follows:

  • Wera Hobhouse (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 10, 2017

    • Local authorities in England recorded 1,002,154 cases of fly-tipping in 2016-17, up 7% on the previous year. This is equivalent to 114 every hour.

    • The estimated cost to the taxpayer for clearing up fly-tipping was £58 million, up 16% on the previous year

    • The number of prosecutions for fly-tipping fell by a quarter to 1,602, compared to 2,135 the previous year

  • GLD stand Yorks and Humberside
    Article: Nov 7, 2017
    By Keith Melton

    Yorkshire and Humberside Regional meeting November 4th 2017

    We took the GLD stand to the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional meeting on

    4th November 2017 and had plenty of interest in the work of the Green Liberal

    Democrats as well as meeting several delegates who were already GLD members.

    We were also successful in having the GLD rainforest resolution chosen for debate here. There was only space for two debates and our resolution was chosen from a field of 14 submitted for discussion. The wording of the resolution is appended below - it is a work in progress, so if you would like to submit it for your own region do please get in touch as we shall probably update it further yet, hoping to submit something along these lines to the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference. The resolution as worded was proposed by Matt Walker and seconded by Mark McDermid. Matt was the Lib Dem candidate for Keighley and Ilkley at the last election and Mark is a Lib Dem newbie and now an enthusiastic GLD member.

  • Article: Nov 4, 2017

    Birmingham City Council Approves £13.4m Pilot Scheme for 20 hydrogen-fueled buses

    From FuelCellsWorks, October 27, 2017

    Bimingham--Birmingham City Council has approved a pilot scheme which will see at least 20 new cleaner, zero emission hydrogen-fuelled buses take to Birmingham's roads.

    The scheme aims to reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels on key bus routes which in turn will support the council in its work to reduce air pollution and become compliant with air quality legislation.

    A report due to go before Cabinet on October 24 asks members to approve the full business case for the pilot, as well as giving the go-ahead to find a bus operator via an open tender process and using the Transport for London Hydrogen Bus Framework to purchase the proposed vehicles, which will be delivered by March 2019.

    Funding for the £13.4 million pilot includes grant contributions from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU), the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Local Growth Fund and approved Future Council Programme resources.

    The pilot is designed to test the potential of developing a hydrogen market to encourage the take-up of zero emission transport fuels, with the buses set to be the first hydrogen vehicles in the city. The buses will be fuelled by hydrogen produced at Tyseley Energy Park, which will continue to be developed as the first UK low/zero-emission refuelling hub for commercial and public sector vehicles, ranging from buses and bin wagons to vans and taxis. Tyseley Energy Park will become operational by September 2018, with the new hydrogen buses being re-fuelled there from March 2019.

    Councillor Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Transport and Roads, said: "Public transport plays a key role in encouraging people to leave their cars at home and choose alternative methods of travelling around the city, which in turn will help reduce both congestion on our roads and the impact of vehicle emissions on the environment.

    "It therefore follows that we must look at ways to make public transport more environmentally friendly too, which is why this hydrogen bus pilot is so important. If successful, this could completely change bus travel in a way that will benefit the entire city."

    Councillor Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Air Quality, said: "Air pollution is a major public health issuing affecting us all. We are clear that every single person in Birmingham has the right to clean air.

    "While we recognise that we face a significant challenge in meeting air quality compliance standards in the city, the introduction of hydrogen fuelled buses as part of this pilot is a hugely positive step forward in supporting the work we are doing towards achieving that."

    Council Decision Below

    On 24 October 2017, Cabinet:- (i) Approved the Full Business Case at Appendix A to the report, for the CAHB pilot at an estimated capital cost of up to £13.440m, funded from OLEV grant (£3.814m), FCHJU grant (£4.141m) GBSLEP Local Growth Fund (£2.156m), Bus Operator minimum contribution (£3.289m) and approved Future Council Programme resources of £0.040m, to procure and deploy up to 22 hydrogen fuelled buses for use by a procured Bus Operator and to provide grant aid towards the cost of providing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. (ii) Approved the procurement strategy provided in the FBC to the report (Annex A to the report), that proposes firstly to use an 'open tender' approach to procure a Bus Operator and secondly, to utilise the Transport For London (TfL) Hydrogen Bus framework to purchase the proposed hydrogen buses; (iii) Approved the Council acting as Accountable Body for the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) grant and accepts their offer of £3.814m capital grant; (iv) Authorised the Assistant Director - Transport and Connectivity to pass-port with conditions of grant, £1.340m of the OLEV grant funding to TfL, as joint applicant under the OLEV Grant scheme, to enable them to fund their own procurement of hydrogen buses; (v) Authorised the Assistant Director - Transport and Connectivity to make a grant of £1.0m to ITM Power, the hydrogen re-fuelling infrastructure partner, funded from the OLEV capital grant towards the cost for hydrogen re-fuelling infrastructure to be based at Tyseley Energy Park subject to the completion of a funding agreement; (vi) Accepted grant funding of £4.141m from the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) comprising £4.081m for capital and £0.060m for revenue expenditure; (vii) Approved the Council to act as Accountable Body for Local Growth Fund grant from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and accepts their offer of £2.156m capital grant, subject to receipt of a final offer letter; (viii) Authorised the Corporate Director, Economy, in conjunction with the Interim Chief Finance Officer, the Director of Commissioning and Procurement and the City Solicitor (or their delegates) to award a contract for the manufacture and delivery of up to 22 hydrogen buses subject to the values not exceeding pre-tender estimates; (ix) Authorised the Corporate Director, Economy, in conjunction with the Interim Chief Finance Officer, the Director of Commissioning and Procurement and the City Solicitor (or their delegates) to enter into a lease agreement for the use of the 22 hydrogen fuelled buses for a period of 7 years on the basis of the procurement process outlined in Annex A to the report; (x) Authorised the City Solicitor to negotiate, execute and complete any necessary legal documentation to give effect to the above decisions.

  • Article: Nov 3, 2017

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    More Hydrogen Buses

  • GLD stall East Midlands Region
    Article: Nov 1, 2017
    By Keith Melton

    Hi Folks,

    This is just a short report about our recent attendance at the East Midlands Regional Conference with a Green Lib Dem Stand. We had hoped it would be associated with a resolution on Rainforest issues but the resolution was not selected for debate, so nothing immediate to report there, but we will be submitting it to other regional conferences, so watch this space!

  • Windfarm
    Article: Oct 30, 2017

    ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) is currently building an offshore windfarm off the Suffolk coast, with 102 turbines. They have already received development consent for a second windfarm nearby, which will add a further 172 turbines. As a guide to the physical scale of these projects, the 172 turbines in that second development alone will cover an area of 305 square kilometres (or 118 square miles).

  • Article: Oct 30, 2017

    The government must take urgent action following a UN report warning that CO2 emissions have reached a record high.

    As Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, I played a key role in international attempts to tackle climate change.

    Ministers should use the Budget to announce the go-ahead of tidal lagoons and reverse their opposition to onshore wind farms.