A Zero Waste bill will form part of the Liberal Democrat manifesto, one of five new laws the party wish to promote, if it is re-elected to power. Measures in the Zero Waste Britain Bill include establishing a Stern Report on resource use with binding targets and action plan to reduce waste and an end to biodegradable landfill.
The wider environmental plans cover new rights to access green space, new marine and coastal reserves, rolling out an electric vehicle charging point network and regulations to boost energy efficiency and renewable heat to cut energy bills.
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey said: “Our five green laws will focus on a range of environmental issues that people really care about. We want to make it as easy as possible to go green and by introducing higher new standards, industries from construction through to waste, heating and transport will have to help us to become more sustainable, as many leading, innovating firms are already doing.”
The other green laws are:
- Nature Bill – legal targets for biodiversity, clean air, clean water and access to green space
- Heating and Energy Efficiency Bill – building on the Green Deal with a programme to raise energy efficiency in households
- Zero Carbon Britain Bill – decarbonisation target for electricity generation and expanding the powers of the Green Investment Bank
- Green Transport Bill – only allowing low emission vehicles on the roads by 2040 and reforming planning law to focus on walking, cycling and public transport on new developments
Up to next May the Liberal Democrats will be promoting these green ideas and asking for views before they are finalised for its election manifesto.