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Looking after the environment (via Rhondda Cynon Taff Welsh Liberal Democrats)

June 6, 2017 9:50 PM
By Rhondda Cynon Taff Welsh Liberal Democrats
Originally published by Rhondda Cynon Taff Welsh Liberal Democrats

As the general election fast approaches candidates in RCT and elsewhere are getting lots of emails form people concerned about the environment and wanting to know what our policies are. As Liberal Democrats we believe that the environment must be at the top of the agenda, locally, nationally and globally. Climate change threatens our everyday lives and Liberal Democrats are determined that the UK should lead the fight against climate change on the international arena. We certainly cannot depend on Trump and his cronies to do anything.

Liberal Democrats would pass five green laws: a Green Transport Act, a Zero-Carbon Britain Act, a Nature Act, a Green Buildings Act, and a Zero Waste Act to incorporate existing EU environmental protections, maintain product standards such as for energy efficiency, and establish a framework for continual improvement.

In government, we championed green energy, and oversaw the trebling of renewable electricity generation. We will expand renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, cutting dependence on fossil fuel imports and generating more jobs and prosperity. We will:

· Pass a Zero-Carbon Britain Act to set new legally binding targets to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2040 and to zero by 2050.

· Support the Paris agreement by ensuring the UK meets its own climate commitments and plays a leadership role in international efforts to combat climate change.

· Expand renewable energy, aiming to generate 60% of electricity from renewables by 2030, restoring government support for solar PV and onshore wind in appropriate locations (helping meet climate targets at least cost) and building more electricity interconnectors to underpin this higher reliance on renewables.

· Oppose fracking because of its adverse impact on climate change, the energy mix, and the local environment.

Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to protect and support Britain's wildlife. In Wales many of the issues affecting our countryside and environment are devolved and so if elected to Westminster we would lobby and work with Assembly Members to ensure our natural environment is kept high on the agenda.

The agricultural sector can play a major role in providing public goods and protecting wildlife.

The vote to leave the EU puts farming and agricultural businesses in danger, threatening cuts to the support which underpin farmers' livelihoods and ability to manage the countryside. Our system must ensure adequate food production and protect the environment. That's why we will continue our long campaign to reform agricultural subsidies rebalancing away from direct subsidy and refocusing support towards the public benefits that come from effective land management including countryside protection, flood prevention, food production and climate-change mitigation

We are also determined to continue to improve standards of animal health and welfare in agriculture by updating farm animal welfare codes and promoting the responsible stewardship of antibiotic drugs.