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Welsh centre inspires Lib-Dem climate plans.

Byline: By Sarah Miloudi Western Mail

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Lembit Opik has backed plans to make Britain carbon neutral by 2050. The plans, due to be revealed at the party's conference in Brighton next month, include major improvements to the country's rail network and the construction of a high-speed rail link, as well as proposals to introduce green mortgages to enable home owners to make their properties more environmentally friendly and to increase their energy efficiency.

The plans are based on the report Zero Carbon Britain, by the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth, that looked at methods of reducing the country's carbon footprint, and form part of the Lib-Dems' climate change proposals to make Britain carbon neutral by 2050.

Mr Opik, pictured, said, "The Welsh Liberal Democrats have long argued Wales can be a world leader in combating climate change, and the proposals were largely inspired by the Welsh-based Centre for Alternative Technology. This ambitious objective for a zero-carbon Britain would make us the most advanced country in the world in tackling climate chaos along with Sweden, Norway and New Zealand." The proposals include plans to develop a national education strategy to educate businesses on steps that should be taken to combat climate change and will enforce a legal duty on ministers to achieve the party's long-term goal of creating a carbon neutral Britain.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 30, 2007
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