6 October 2020 – today’s press release

Prime Minister “not ambitious enough” when it comes to renewables

The Liberal Democrats are calling for an investment of £150 billion over the next three years to drive a green economic recovery. The call comes as the Prime Minister is set to unveil plans to invest just £160 million in wind turbines in a speech at the Conservative Party Conference.

Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

People across the UK are worried about the planet and for their children’s futures. We need a Government that leads from the front when it comes to tackling the climate emergency. But just a few years ago Boris Johnson claimed a wind turbine “couldn’t blow the skin off a rice pudding”.

He is now late to the table and, regrettably, still not ambitious enough. If the Prime Minister really wants to deliver a groundbreaking Green Recovery, he would be talking about investing billions, not millions, in offshore wind and other renewables. £160 million is a tiny fraction of the investment needed.

Thanks to Liberal Democrat policies, the UK has become the world leader in offshore wind. Now we want to see £150 billion invested over the next three years in a green economic recovery plan. From real ambition in renewable energy to restoring vital habitats, this is about securing sustainable growth to benefit future generations.

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