The Liberal Democrats have committed themselves to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 if they win next month’s General Election.

The party said it would cut emissions to 80% of 1990 levels by 2040, ten years ahead of the current Climate Change Act targets.

Lib Dem leader Tim Fallon said the party would reintroduce support for onshore wind and solar power.

He also said the party would ban fracking but would support carbon-capture and storage.

Clean air

The Lib Dems said they would introduce a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to improve air quality and would ban all diesel cars and small vans by 2025.

The Conservatives were criticised by environmentalists for not including a clean air policy in their manifesto.

The Green Party Environment Manifesto includes plans for a new Environmental Protection Act and ending the monopoly of the Big Six energy companies by building democratic, locally owned alternatives.

Earlier this month Labour announced its commitment to renationalising power companies.

> Read the Liberal Democrat manifesto