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From: Alasdair Murray <>
Date: Monday, 13 April 2015 22:27
To: Robin Gill <>

Subject: Re: Lib Dem policy on Climate Change

Dear Mary and Jill,

Sorry for the slow response but please see my answers below.


1. Does your party accept the need to leave 80% of known fossil fuel reserves in the ground?

We agree that the great majority of the known fossil fuel reserves should be left in the ground in order to meet climate change targets. We believe the initial focus should be on the dirtiest reserves, particularly coal and tar sands.

2. Which of your party’s policies will ensure the rise in global temperaturesmis restricted to below 2˚C and how will they achieve this level?

In terms of seeking an international solution, Liberal Democrats would:

* Work for a 50% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, while ensuring that the UK meets its own commitments and so can play a leadership role within Europe and internationally on efforts to combat climate change.

• Work to secure agreement on a global climate treaty at the 2015 UN Climate Conference.

• Argue for EU and global commitments to zero net deforestation, globally, by 2020 and provide greater resources for international environmental cooperation.

• Ensure that UK and EU development aid, free trade and investment agreements support environmentally sustainable investment.

In terms of the UK's own commitments, the Liberal Democrats are proposing a zero carbon bill which would include:

  • A new legally binding target for Zero Carbon Britain by 2050.
  • A new legally binding decarbonisation target for the power sector by 2030 to support investment in all forms of low carbon electricity.
  • Establishing an Office for Accelerated Low Carbon Innovation to fast-track new green tech including tidal power, renewable heat, ultra-low emission vehicles, energy storage and CCS.
  • Applying Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) to existing coal plants from 2025 to end use of unabated coal generation
  • Full borrowing powers to the Green Investment Bank, to further boost investment in low carbon technology

In addition, a Green Homes Bill would aim to insulate up to 10 million homes by 2025 by:

  • Offering at least £100 each year off your Council Tax for 10 years, when you significantly upgrade the energy efficiency of your home
  • Reforming the Green Deal ‘pay as you save’ scheme into a new ‘Green Homes Loan Scheme’ which would  extend the current scheme to include renewable heat and electricity
  • A new ‘Feed out Tariff’ for investment in Solid Wall Insulation, the most expensive and disruptive type of energy efficiency measure

Finally, a Green Transport Bill would include;

  • Fast track support for the growing electric vehicle market, starting with implementing a full network of charging points for electric cars, and a target of 2040
  • Make progress towards implementing the recommendations of the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report
  • We will update planning law to ensure new infrastructure developments are designed around walking, cycling and public transport
  • Oppose any increase to the national speed limit
  • We will undertake a review of road transport taxation

3. What is your personal commitment to ensuring these limits are adhered to?

I strongly support meaningful and practical moves to meet our climate change commitments.and believe that the measures outlined above must be a priority for the next government.

Alasdair Murray

Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford East

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