Caroline Lucas calls for Green New Deal as agriculture and waste emissions rise

5 February 2019

Responding to the UK's greenhouse gas emissions for 2017, released by the Government today, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said:

"It's shocking that emissions from agriculture and waste actually increased in 2017 and transport's contribution has inched down by just 2 per cent since 1990.

"With this Government's huge subsidies for fossil fuels, relentless building of new roads and runways, slashing of support for clean energy and sordid love affair with the car industry, it's incredible that overall emissions fell at all.

"With the world's top scientists warning we have just 11 years to keep temperature rises below 1.5 degrees, ministers should be redesigning our whole economy to achieve the dramatic drops in emissions we need. That means launching a Green New Deal - huge government investment to guarantee a green job to everyone who wants one and accelerate the transition to clean energy, affordable and reliable public transport and a thriving natural world."

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