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Nine UK environmental groups are to publish regular assessments of the UK's main political parties’ environmental performance against what they call 'The Green Standard'. The first assessment of the parties’ performance against the tests will be published in September this year (2007), ahead of the annual party conferences. The final assessment will be published prior to the next General Election.

The groups who between them claim more than five million supporters, maintain that the three main parties are still showing little appetite for effective action, even though climate change has risen up the political agenda.

The Green Standard: Tests for environmental leadership Edit

UK action on climate change Edit

Achieve reductions in UK carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of at least 3% year on year, en route to a low carbon economy based on energy efficiency, renewable sources of energy and decentralised energy.

International action on climate change Edit

Provide international leadership to restrict global temperature rises to 2°C and ensure worldwide emissions are falling by 2015.

Green living Edit

Make it cheaper and easier for individuals to reduce their environmental impact through tax, regulation, information and other powers of government.

Natural environment Edit

Protect and enhance the beauty, accessibility and wildlife of the environment in our countryside, towns and seas through incentives, regulation, investment and other powers of government.

Planning Edit

Value, support and develop our planning system as a democratic tool for protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment of our countryside and towns.

Environmental tax and subsidies Edit

Green the tax system by increasing the amount of revenue from taxes that reduce environmental damage, and eliminate environmentally perverse subsidies.

Groups supporting this initiative Edit

  • CPRE
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Greenpeace
  • Green Alliance
  • National Trust
  • RSPB
  • The Wildlife Trusts
  • The Woodland Trust
  • WWF

Reference Edit


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