The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today unveiled the party’s five new laws it would introduce to protect the environment.
The five green laws will cover climate change, waste, nature, energy and warm homes. Each has a specific relevance for Welsh households and businesses.
The five green laws are:
- A Zero Carbon Bill: We will set out the target of a zero carbon Britain by 2050, decarbonising energy production and supporting renewable strengths we have in Wales.
- A Zero Waste Bill: We will enact a ‘Stern style’ report on waste to create a circular economy where products are designed to minimise their impact on the environment and waste is treated as a resource for further economic benefit.
- A Green Buildings Bill will allow OFGEM to help Welsh households who connect to heat networks, giving people more confidence to take the step. We will enable the Green Investment Bank to support community heating and insulation initiatives.
- A Nature Bill will help protect biodiversity, with new provision for wildlife including the establishment of a one million kilometre South Atlantic marine reserve.
- A Green Transport Bill which requires every new bus and taxi to be Ultra Low Emission from 2030 and every car on the road to merit that standard by 2040.
Roger Williams, the Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire said:
"From day one of the next Parliament we will have our green commitments on the table, from cleaning up the air we breathe, to greening the energy and transport we use. These are essential to building a fairer society.
"Liberal Democrats are the only party to have nailed their green credentials to the mast and set out how our radical agenda will be delivered in a way that is both credible and affordable.
"Having Lib Dems in Government will insure our environment against the risk of sharp lurches to the left or right that would result in our green ambitions coming to a grinding halt."