Caroline Lucas: The warnings from the Committee on Climate Change are clear. Crucial decisions need to be taken over the next 18 months to get us on the path we need to be on. The Conservatives think they can kick the can down the road by setting a date of 2050 for net-zero emissions, and then doing next to nothing to achieve it. This is not in line with the science. It is not what our climate-striking children are demanding, and the Green Party will not let them down. We may have only my voice in parliament, but I will never stop speaking up for their future, and for a fairer society. I cannot do this alone, which is why I would appeal to all progressive forces in our country to regroup and rebuild, not get sucked into recriminations and blame games. We can’t afford to let the Tories divide us, and leave this country exposed to years of continuing austerity and Conservative indifference to the suffering it has caused. They have won this election with the lie that they can get Brexit done, when we are only at the first stage of a long and potentially painful negotiating process.
Independent 13th Dec 2019 read more »
The Green Party saw its total number of votes grow by over 60 per cent in yesterday’s election, delivering the biggest percentage gains of any party following a campaign that saw environmental issues take centre stage. Caroline Lucas retained her seat in Brighton Pavilion, increasing her share of the vote by almost five per cent to 57 per cent.
Business Green 13th Dec 2019 read more »
‘Stonking’ Tory mandate must be used to deliver net zero, not just Brexit. In achieving such a “stonking” – Johnson’s words, not mine – mandate, the Conservatives now effectively have carte blanche to run the country as they see fit. Immediate attentions will turn to delivering Brexit but, long-term, the Prime Minister’s in-tray is spilling over. A sizeable chunk of that pile will be related to delivering net zero. The UK is committed to reaching the elimination of all carbon emissions from its economy by 2050 at the absolute latest, driven firstly by a surge in renewable generation that must occur within the next decade. Our buildings must get significantly more efficient and our modes of transport electric wherever possible. We must make enormous sectors like agriculture, industry and shipping and aviation green, and cracking the enigma that is decarbonised heat is a top priority.
PV Tech 13th Dec 2019 read more »
The Conservative election campaign contained few concrete pledges on green issues, preferring to lean on the 2050 net-zero carbon goal already put in place by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May when challenged over its climate ambitions. The big exception was offshore wind, where the Conservatives made specific mention of boosting to 40GW a 2030 goal that currently stands at 30GW, along with a pledge to back floating wind technology. As in so many other areas of policy, the sector will now await the detail behind the number, but the fact that both major parties backed an increase leaves the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector well placed to play a central role in national industrial policy. The same cannot be said of other renewable technologies. The Conservatives have excluded both onshore wind and solar from the contract-for-difference (CfD) support mechanism, with no immediate signs of a rethink on that.
Recharge 13th Dec 2019 read more »