Green Organisations Launch Manifesto Ahead of Election

Green organisations across the UK have published a manifesto ahead of the general election next month.

The coalition, which is made up of several renewable energy groups, has put forward 12 proposals to help the UK meet its low carbon targets for 2020.

Plans listed in the document include reform of regulation in order to encourage low carbon investment, commitment to the roll-out of a smart grid network over the next decade and creating a strategic plan for the development of energy infrastructure.

Adam Bruce, chairman of RenewableUK, said: "Reaching our 2020 targets will mean that the UK needs to increase seven fold the amount of energy we get from renewables. Clearly, this is a truly significant undertaking and will be the largest single infrastructure investment since the coming of the railways.

"We are looking at a major change in our energy consumption habits and to facilitate this change renewable trade associations have co-operated on a manifesto that offers a route map."

The UK has a target of reducing emissions by 34 per cent on 1990 levels over the next decade and by 80 per cent in the next four decades.

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