Liberal Democrats promise new environmental legislation

The Liberal Democrats would introduce five green laws in the next parliament, focusing on transport, carbon, nature, buildings and waste, according to the party’s manifesto.

The proposals, launched yesterday, are largely a repeat of pledges made by the party ahead of the 2015 general election. However, the new legislation would now also incorporate existing EU environmental protections and maintain standards for efficient equipment, it said.

The party wants ‘the closest possible co-operation on climate and energy policy’ with the EU, and warns that the rise of isolationism and populism in the UK and US could ‘halt or even reverse’ the progress that has been made on climate change. 

On air pollution and transport, the manifesto states that a Green Transport Act and Air Quality Plan would include a diesel scrappage scheme and a ban on the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the UK by 2025. Ultra-low emission zones would be extended to ...

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