Election time: what's in the manifestos?

24 Jun 2024

UK elections are coming up on 4th July. If you can, vote. An important issue for many voters is how each political party will tackle the climate crisis if elected, so this article summarises some of what each party has promised. For more details, read their manifestos.

A Friends of the Earth analysis assessed where major parties stand on climate, energy, nature, and the environment before manifestos were released, assigning the following scores as an aggregate of ten policy areas:

Net Zero

The UK currently has a legally binding 2050 net zero target, which commits that it will reduce its territorial emissions by at least 100% of 1990 levels by 2050.

Transport

Domestic transport accounts for 28% of the UK’s territorial greenhouse gas emissions.

Electricity and Fuel supply

Electricity and Fuel supply account for 22% of UK’s territorial greenhouse gas emissions.

Buildings

Buildings and product uses account for 20% of the UK’s territorial greenhouse gas emissions.

Industry

Industry accounts for 14% of the UK’s territorial greenhouse gas emissions.

Agriculture

Agriculture accounts for 12% of the UK’s territorial greenhouse gas emissions.


Note: Reform UK does not have a manifesto, they have a “Contract” which is “deliberately issued as a working draft.” Reform also makes several false claims about climate change, such as that the climate change we are currently experiencing is normal and that excess CO2 is good because plants ‘breathe’ it.

Oscar Mitcham