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A not very green start - House of Lords debate

July 29, 2016 10:10 PM
By Derek Deedman in House of Lords newsletter

In scrapping the Department for Environment and Climate Change Theresa May has sent a frightening message that the environment is not a priority for her new Government.

Speaking in this weeks debate in the Lords on the Draft Carbon Budget Order, Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson, called on the Government to prove their commitment to the environment by ratifying the Paris Agreement at the soonest possible opportunity.

Speaking ahead of the debate Lynne Featherstone said:

"This new Government has made it very clear that climate change is not a priority. Brexit must not be used as an excuse to relax environmental commitments even further.

"Abolishing the Department for Energy and Climate Change is a huge backwards step.

During the debate she said:

"Our menu for the Government would be to: support and encourage the renewables industry; quicken and intensify energy efficiency measures; introduce urgently a zero-carbon homes standard-something which we Liberal Democrats championed while in coalition and during the passage of the Housing and ​Planning Bill, which the new Secretary of State for Energy sadly did not support in his previous role in the Department for Communities and Local Government-support technological innovation; get on with tidal lagoons and give the go-ahead to Swansea Bay. Proof and pudding need to be the order of the day,

"The Government should send a clear signal that it has not abandoned the green agenda entirely by ratifying the Paris Agreement immediately."