As experts in flood mitigation, the environmental impact of flooding is never far from our minds particularly given the last few years’ which has shown the devastation poor planning and lack of prevention can cause to homes and businesses alike.
So, in the run up to the 2015 general election, which party will be helping to fight our corner when it comes to flood defences and prioritising the investment needed to combat flooding? Who has pledged to do its best for the environment now and in the future? Here’s the main environmental policies from the ‘big six’…
While off to a good start when it came to all things green, David Cameron has come under fire for having initially cut flood defences. However, part of his manifesto now is to:
- Protect the environment and Green Belt in the planning system
- Spend more than £3bn to 2020 improving the environment
- Invest £500m over the next five years towards making most cars and vans zero emission vehicles by 2050
The Labour Party is taking flood protection particularly seriously and intends to reprioritise flooding as a core responsibility of Defra, insisting on a long-term approach and prioritise preventative spending on flood defences. The party would look to introduce a new climate change adaption plan to help the UK properly prepare for the effects of climate change.
- Freeze energy bills and give energy regulator new powers to cut bills this winter
- Reduce carbon emission generated during electricity production to zero by 2030.
- Double renewable electricity by 2020, aim to decarbonise the power sector by 2030, leading to a zero carbon Britain by 2050
- Plant 750,000 trees a year
- Charge for plastic bags
- Promote use of electric cars and public transport
- Repeal the Climate Change Act 2008
- Protect the greenbelt
- End so call green taxes to cut fuel bills
- Prioritise support for organic farms
Another party to focus on flood defences. The Green Party has pledged to launch a 10-point flood response plan to improve the UK’s flood resilience and address the underlying causes of flooding. (For full details, click here.)
- Phase out fossil fuel-based energy generation and nuclear power
- Reduce all UK greenhouse gas emissions to 10 per cent of their 1990 levels by 2030 to tackle climate change
- Invest in renewable energy sources, flood defences and building insulation
- Wants UK government to adopt Scotland’s ambitious carbon reduction target
- Wants UK government to have a dedicated Climate Justice Fund
- Energy Company Obligation to be funded through taxation and not as a levy on energy bills
- Maximise support for offshore wind, ensuing Scotland sees maximum investment.
For full list of policies from Education to the EU, click here.
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