General Election 2010 (#ge2010): Environmental Policies across the parties

I know I said the other day that I try to keep politics out of this blog but I’ve struggled to find side-by-side comparisons of each party’s environmental policies so I thought I’d put this together here.

Personally, I’m a member of the Green Party but I can’t vote for them here as they’re only running candidates in certain areas to focus their attention – if you’re in a similar position and green issues are your hot political button too, hopefully this will help you identify the best alternative.

(In alphabetical order)


  • We will reduce carbon emissions in line with our international commitments.
  • We will promote small- and large-scale low carbon energy production, including nuclear, wind, clean coal and biogas.
  • We will safeguard our energy security by ensuring there is sufficient spare capacity in the energy system.
  • We will safeguard our energy security by ensuring there is sufficient spare capacity in the energy system.
  • We will protect and improve the UK’s natural environment, and pioneer new schemes to improve conservation.
  • We will push for reform of the Common Agricultural and Fisheries Policies to promote sustainable farming and fishing. We will promote high animal welfare standards and ensure that government procures locally-produced food wherever possible.
  • We will work towards a zero-waste society via a Responsibility Deal on waste – a voluntary arrangement among producers to cut back on the production of waste and improve its disposal.

Green Party

  • Use the £45 billion investment plan to kick-start a green industrial revolution so that low and zero-carbon sectors of the economy are the new platform for prosperity.
  • Transform the energy production landscape by supporting renewable sources, including wind and micro-solar generation.
  • A massive investment in renewable sources to support development of both large-scale wind and tidal generation and domestic micro-generation – together these measures would create 80,000 jobs in the first year.
  • Reduce emissions from aviation by ending the £10 billion subsidy of the aviation industry.
  • Retrofit homes, schools and hospitals with energy efficiency measures.
  • Reduce waste by making waste reduction, re-use and recycling easier.
  • Improve public transport and rail to cut emissions from vehicles.


  • Achieve around 40 per cent low-carbon electricity by 2020 and create 400,000 new green jobs by 2015.
  • Make greener living easier and fairer through ‘pay as you save’ home energy insulation, energy-bill discounts for pensioners and requiring landlords to properly insulate rented homes.
  • Move towards a ‘zero waste’ Britain, banning recyclable and biodegradable materials from landfill.
  • Link together new protected areas of habitat; maintain the Green Belt; increase forest and woodland areas.
  • Ensure fairness for food producers through EU reform and a Supermarkets Ombudsman; and support post offices, shops and pubs in rural communities.

Liberal Democrats

  • We will require energy companies to simplify the complicated tangle of different tariffs, requiring them to charge families less for a basic amount of energy used, to encourage responsible use.
  • We will prioritise achieving a global agreement providing leadership for an international framework that will enable each country to manage a transition to a low-carbon economy.
  • We will also introduce a fair social tariff system for disadvantaged families.
  • We will immediately raise the requirements of Building Regulations to ensure that all new homes are energy efficient and use ‘Green Loans’ to encourage people to invest in home energy efficiency and micro-renewables.
  • We will help developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
  • We oppose construction of further nuclear power stations.
  • We will invest now in the green technologies of the future delivering hundreds of thousands of new and better jobs in the years to come.
  • We will drive a massive programme of investment in renewable energy sources such as wind, wave and solar. We will also transform the National Grid into a smart decentralised grid which will respond dynamically to the changing patterns of energy demand.

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3 Responses to “General Election 2010 (#ge2010): Environmental Policies across the parties”

  1. Clare says:

    Have you seen this site?

    It’s a quiz that allows you to compare policies side-by-side without knowing which party they belong to.

    • louisa says:

      Yes, I have – I very much like that site but I wanted to make the policy comparison easier to find than having to go through that quiz process.

      Everyone should go through the quiz anyway – I know a few people who’ve changed their vote after actually looking at the policies side by side.

  2. Katie Fox says:

    Good summary. This from BBC news is great for the ‘main 3′ also worth looking at the transport category for environmental issues.

    I write for, specifically the elections. A few of us have recently put together a podcast on ‘who should get the green vote’
    Might be worth a listen:

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