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Ten Steps to Zero Carbon Britain

September 19, 2007 12:00 AM
By Dr. Evan Harris MP

Man-made climate change poses an increasing risk to people and businesses across the globe. There will be disastrous consequences if we don't act now. So this week, the Liberal Democrat Conference backed proposals to act now.

We propose to make Britain carbon neutral by 2050. Our plan is not a quick-fix but a clear, long-term strategy to set this country on the path to a carbon-neutral future.

Our commitments - a 10-point plan - will actively reduce the emission of carbon throughout everyday life, from providing the power to light our houses from carbon neutral, non-nuclear power generation by 2050 and targeting help for each of us to make our houses more energy efficient, to increased investment in greener forms of transport to make it possible to live a greener lifestyle and taxing pollution to cut taxes on people. And these commitments are not empty. Each one is costed and mapped out to ensure the money and methods are in place to reach the targets when we say we will.

Unlike the Government, who have finally had to admit that they will not meet their domestic target of a 20% cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2010, and the Tories who are only aiming for an 80% cut in carbon emissions - we are the first major party to respond to the weight of scientific evidence and aim for what is needed to stop climate change in its tracks - a carbon neutral Britain.

And the Lib Dems have not forgotten those already suffering the effects of climate change. We recognise the new threats to life in the UK posed by the climate changes that have already occurred and so will establish a UK national adaptation plan to boost flood defences and respond to other new threats.

Our plans ensure that everyone takes climate change seriously, leading the way to global-action.