As the UK once again heads to the polls on 12 December, marking the third general election since 2015, the country and its politicians face a monumental struggle to deliver a clear course for the nation’s future. While Brexit is still the biggest talking point, climate change has also risen to the top of the political agenda, with the major parties making ever-more ambitious – and competing – pledges to cut emissions and plant trees. The UK’s climate discourse has undergone a significant shift since the last election due to a series of factors that include “strikes” by Greta Thunberg-inspired school children, Extinction Rebellion protests, summer heatwaves and a series of landmark reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Reflecting this shift, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens have already set out more ambitious net-zero targets than the ruling Conservatives, who committed to the world-leading 2050 goal earlier this year. In a symbolic gesture, Labour has placed its strategy for a “green industrial revolution” at the top of its manifesto, while the Greens have promised a “green new deal” that will transform the UK’s economy. Following the publication of similar summaries for the 2015 and 2017 elections, Carbon Brief has again compiled the most significant climate and energy-related pledges made by the main parties. This interactive grid – and accompanying article – will be updated as more manifestos are published. The post Election 2019: What the manifestos say on energy and climate change appeared first on Carbon Brief.

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