In advance of tonight’s climate change election debate it’s worth summarising the manifesto state of play. In a nutshell it is this:
- Conservatives: Net zero emissions by 2050, as under current UK law. In effect, it is assumed the issue has been addressed.
- Labour: Aiming to achieve the “substantial majority” of emissions reductions by 2030,
with subsidiary targets, such as aiming to achieve “net-zero-carbon food production
in Britain by 2040”.
- Lib Dems: net zero emissions by 2045, with a reduction in emissions of 75% by 2030 and 93% by 2040.
- SNP: net zero target by 2045, 75% by 2030 and 90% by 2040.
- Green: A Green New Deal (GND) policy package, including net zero by 2030.
The differences are stark and significant. There will be much to debate. Including the empty chairs.
For an analysis of the differences, this is worth reading.