Combatting the myriad of environmental challenges facing London, the UK and the rest of the world is a priority for our generation and the Liberal Democrats party. In government, we would:
Tackle London’s air pollution, which has reached crisis point. It contributes to 40,000 premature deaths a year and costs the NHS £15 billion. Hundreds of zones, many of which are in Chelsea and Fulham, already breach recommended EU limits. Check if your local school, nursery or college suffers from toxic air pollution by searching on the Guardian’s table here. The Liberal Democrats have called on the government to introduce a new Clean Air Act to tackle these dangerous levels of illegal air pollution once and for all,
5p disposable cup charge: following the success of the Lib Dem 5p plastic bag tax – which we introduced in Coalition - in reducing waste, we would do the same for disposable cups,
Green Transport Act which would include a diesel scrappage scheme:
- a ban on the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the UK by 2025,
- all private hire vehicles and diesel buses licensed to operate in urban areas to run on ultra-low emission or zero emission fuels within 5 years,
- reform vehicle taxation to encourage sales of electric and low-emission vehicles & increase electric vehicle infrastructure
Champion Green Energy (as we did in Coalition):
- Zero Carbon Britain Act to set new legally binding targets to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2040 and to zero by 2050.
- Britain to play a leadership role in international efforts to combat climate change – including support the Paris Agreement and ensure the UK meets its own climate commitments,
- Expand renewable energy: target to generate 60% of electricity from renewables by 2030, restore government support for solar PV and onshore wind in appropriate locations,
- Invest in cutting-edge technologies including energy storage, smart grid technology, hydrogen technologies, off-shore wind, and tidal power (including giving the go-ahead for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon),
- Ambitious carbon capture and storage programme, which is essential for delivering clean industrial growth,
- Oppose ‘fracking’ because of its adverse impact on climate change, the energy mix, and the local environment,
- Maintain membership of Euratom for continued nuclear co-operation, research funding and access to nuclear fuels.
Oppose a Heathrow third runway for various reasons, including the impact on local residents: the number of hours they can expect to be free from aircraft noise will drop from 8 to just 6, or even 4, hours.
Make Chelsea and Fulham greener. Louise welcomes some of the initiatives taken by the Hammersmith & Fulham local council and included in its Proposed Submission Local Plan, including:
- Improvement programs to parks and open spaces
- Planting more trees