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The BBC's Jon Devitt
"The British don't seem to put the environment at the top of their priorities"
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Monday, 28 May, 2001, 09:32 GMT 10:32 UK
Lib Dems call for clean-up
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Lib Dems say more rubbish should be recycled
The Liberal Democrats have proposed ambitious targets for household recycling and cuts in global warming emissions as part of a package of green election commitments.

Seeking to establish themselves as the most environmentally sound of the three main parties, the Lib Dems also pledged to end "fuel poverty" and improve public transport.

They contrasted their green policies with what they describe as the low priority given to environmental issues by Labour and the Conservatives.

And in a visit to an environmental project in London on Monday morning, leader Charles Kennedy argued that improving the environment was integral to his social justice agenda.

The party has pledged to:

  • Tackle climate change by making cuts in carbon dioxide emissions of 20% by 2010, and by 50% by 2040.

  • Aim to ensure that at least 10% of the UK's energy comes from renewable energy sources by 2010.

  • Introduce a national programme to bring doorstep recycling to every household, with the aim of achieving a target 60% of household waste being recycled by 2010.

  • End "fuel poverty" in 15 years through a home insulation programme.

The Lib Dems also repeated their commitment to creating a safe, reliable and affordable public transport system to cut traffic congestion and reduce pollution.

Charles Kennedy said: "Improving our environment improves lives and promotes social justice".

He described his party's environmental policies as "ambitious and realistic".

And dismissing the record of Labour and the Tories on the issue, Mr Kennedy said the Lib Dems were "clearly the country's greenest vote in this election."

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