Powering Up Fairer, Greener Energy

Real hope.
Real change.

Accelerating clean energy investment and delivery

The UK’s current climate targets do not reflect the urgency of the climate crisis. We would push the Government to transition to a zero-carbon society as soon as possible, and more than a decade ahead of 2050.

This ambition will deliver a zerocarbon electricity supply and security of supply over short and long periods of low generation, with sufficient electricity for all cars and vans to be electric, for all homes and buildings to stop using fossil fuels, and for most industry to transition to clean energy.

Elected Greens will push for:

  • Wind to provide around 70% of the UK’s electricity by 2030.
  • Delivery of 80GW of offshore wind, 53 GW of onshore wind, and 100 GW of solar by 2035.
  • Investment in energy storage capacity and more efficient electricity distribution.
  • Communities to own their own energy sources, ensuring they can use any profit from selling excess energy to reduce their bills or benefit their communities.

Phasing out fossil fuels

  • Cancel recent fossil fuel licences such as for Rosebank and stop all new fossil fuel extraction projects in the UK.
  • Remove all oil and gas subsidies.
  • Introduce a carbon tax on all fossil fuel imports and domestic extraction, based on greenhouse gas emissions produced when fuel is burned.

Nuclear power

We want to see the phase-out of nuclear energy, which is unsafe and much more expensive than renewables. The development of nuclear power stations is too slow given the pace of action we need on climate. They also create unmanageable quantities of radioactive waste and are inextricably linked with the production of nuclear weapons.

Greens acting to reduce energy bills

Construction worker thermally insulating house attic with glass wool

Greens on South Oxfordshire Council have linked grant funding for new affordable housing to the provision of homes that are cheap to run because they don’t rely on fossil fuels. They’ve also committed to putting the Council’s own house in order by targeting Council operations to be net-zero by 2025 and moving its pension fund away from investments in fossil fuels.

When Council officers in Somerset West and Taunton said it would be unaffordable to upgrade 5,700 council homes, Green councillors set up a working party to put together a plan for cheaper energy bills. The three-stage process is ensuring that all these homes will see basics like ventilation and insulation fixed by 2030, with a complete switch away from fossil fuels by 2050.

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