April 20, 2015
The view point from “UK political parties woo voters with green tech promises” ask “Can saving the world from climate chaos go hand in hand with saving the UK economy? Yes, if UK politicians are to be believed. The parties have begun unveiling their manifestos ahead of the general election on 7 May. Promises to boost green and renewable technology suggest that most parties are keen to tap the industry’s apparent potential for creating jobs and prosperity.”
On Monday, the Labour Party vowed “to make Britain a world leader in low-carbon technology and green jobs”. By boosting investment and research in renewable tech, it hopes to create a million new jobs by 2025, and decarbonise electricity production by 2030.
The Conservative Party claims to already be “the greenest government ever”. In its manifesto launched on Tuesday, it says the party has already trebled renewable energy production to 19 per cent of the total generated in the UK. New pledges include committing an extra £1 billion to schemes for capturing and storing carbon dioxide and pushing for a deal at the United Nations climate talks in Paris in December that restricts future global warming to 2 °C.
Repost from NewScientist by Andy Coghlan