Green Party solutions
The Green Party wants to make sure that we meet all our energy needs without storing up problems for our children and grandchildren.
Real Progress means investing in sources of energy like offshore wind farms, wave and solar power that don't cause global warming.
Real Progress means being more energy efficient so that we don't generate power just to waste it.
It means ensuring Britain is part of one of the fastest growing employment sectors in Europe. There are more than 200,000 jobs just waiting to be created in clean energy, energy efficiency, organic faming, recycling and public transport.
Real Progress means stopping a nuclear industry that can't even stand on its own feet. Nuclear power gets nearly two million pounds of our money in subsidies every day - enough to employ fifteen thousand extra teachers.
Real Progress means choosing clean, honest, reliable energy we can trust - not clinging to a failed nuclear dream.
Green policies for the UK
The UK has a shameful record on energy. We generate less energy from clean, renewable sources than nearly every other country in Europe – just 1% of our total energy. We are still Europe's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases. 35% of our electricity still comes from coal-fired power stations. 26% of our electricity comes from hazardous nuclear power.
Wind power alone could meet three times our current electricity needs in the UK. A green economy would significantly reduce energy demands and would obtain that energy from non-polluting renewable sources.
What needs to be done?
Can we afford green energy?
The cost of not turning to renewable energy is growing daily as we face the mammoth task of dealing with climate change, pollution and hazardous nuclear waste. The impact of climate change will bring huge, unpredictable costs as our economy, transport systems and environment are forced to adapt. Government figures put the cost of the UK’s liabilities for nuclear waste at around £1000 for each person and rising.
Subsidising energy conservation/efficiency measures, like home insulation, and using cheaper renewable energy will also bring down home fuel bills, ending 'fuel poverty'.
Won't this approach harm our economy and hit jobs?
No. Studies have shown that boosting investment in renewable energy could generate hundreds of thousands of jobs. This could bring new secure employment to parts of the UK that need it most. Wind power already produces cheaper energy than nuclear power – and more efficient energy use would cost industry less.
How much energy can renewable sources provide?
Wind power generated around the UK offers huge potential. Tidal power, solar energy and biogas could also be harnessed. But we need to invest in the technology today.
Wind farms are all very well, but don't they spoil the landscape?
Some communities have raised concerns about the way wind farms impact on landscapes. But wind farms are frequently developed off-shore and can be sited sensitively. Listening to local people lies at the heart of the Green Party's approach.
Is this just about the UK's needs?
No. Many wars, like the Iraq war, have been fought for the control of foreign oil and natural resources. Meeting energy needs through renewable domestic production – for the UK and other countries – is good for global peace and security.
Green Party energy policies in full