WinACC looks to all political parties to commit to Britain’s leadership role on climate change and spell out what that means in their election manifestos. Download the full document which is summarised below.

1. The economic opportunity

General election manifestos should explain how the next Government will take advantage of and build on the enormous economic opportunities in the coming energy transformation, as well as the health and lifestyle benefits of rapid decarbonisation. 

2. UK Carbon Reduction Plan

General election manifestos should outline their party’s plans to stay within the 4th and 5th carbon budgets. They should also set out how the party would increase the ambition of these budgets to bring them in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement and the latest science. The UK energy system takes time to implement, so the plan must be far reaching and its implementation urgent. The much delayed report is now likely to be postponed until after the general election 2017.

3. Renewable energy targets

In 2016, the then Energy and Climate Change Committee warned that, on its current course, the UK would fail to achieve these targets. General election manifestos should commit to keep the agreed EU 2020 renewable energy targets after Brexit.  General election manifestos should also increase ambition, setting targets in line with the Paris Agreement. And manifestos should state how the targets can be achieved.

4. Environmental legislation after Brexit

General election manifestos should commit the UK to retaining all legislation that protects the biosphere. They should also commit the UK to continuing to co-operate fully on energy and environment with our international partners. With so many issues to be dealt with in the Brexit negotiations, we must not overlook the environment, and especially climate change.

5. Climate Justice

General election manifestos should commit the UK to provide effective overseas aid and to make a full and fair contribution to both the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries and the Adaptation Funds. The poorest people are the least responsible for climate change, yet they suffer the most from it, and are likely to do so increasingly in the future. Richer people and nations need to do more to mitigate climate change now; the poorer ones need help to adapt to it.

6. Fracking

General election manifestos should commit to an immediate and complete moratorium on fracking.

7. Air quality

To improve health and reduce climate change, general election manifestos should promote increased use of public transport, cycling and walking and a great reduction in traffic that burns petrol or diesel.

8. Energy Efficiency

General election manifestos should commit to requiring and supporting energy efficiency in homes and other buildings, both new and existing, to reduce demand for gas, oil and electricity.

9. Flooding

Although we can adapt to increased rainfall, it makes more sense for general election manifestos to commit to take actions to mitigate the global warming that is driving significant changes in our weather. We have seen the power of floods and damage done by flood waters.

10. Fossil fuel subsidies and UK Export Finance Support

General election manifestos should commit to ending fossil fuel subsidies and UKEF support for fossil fuel exploitation.

11. EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and greenhouse gas accounting rules

Manifestos will need to explain the UK position on the difficult issue of the EU Emission Trading Scheme.