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Conservatives' pledge on environment

PUBLISHED: 12:22 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 25 August 2010

Nick Herbert (left)

Nick Herbert (left)

Conservatives Offer every household a Green Deal, the right to have up to £6,500 worth of home insulation improvements. Transform electricity networks with smart grid and smart meter technology that automatically matches supply and demand. Introduce a

Conservatives

Offer every household a Green Deal, the right to have up to £6,500 worth of home insulation improvements.

Transform electricity networks with smart grid and smart meter technology that automatically matches supply and demand.

Introduce a system of feed-in tariffs to encourage micro-generation of electricity.

Expand offshore wind and marine power and provide Government backing for a network of large-scale Marine Energy Parks.

Only permit coal-fired power stations to be built with clean carbon capture and storage technology, restricting carbon emissions to the level achieved by a modern gas power plant.

Support nuclear power if economically viable.

Cut central Government's carbon emissions by 10 per cent within 12 months of coming to office, saving up to £300million a year in reduced energy bills.

Demand energy companies inform customers if they are on the company's cheapest tariff and how much they could save if they are not.

Requiring the Competition Commission to carry out a swift, forensic investigation into the energy market to end the lack of transparency in the relationship between wholesale and retail energy prices.

Requiring every energy company to offer social

tariffs (special low rates for electricity and gas) to

vulnerable households.

Reforming the Post Office Card Account (POCA) to give up to 4million people access to lower energy and water tariffs.

Introduce a Responsibility Deal on waste - a voluntary arrangement among producers to cut back on the production of waste and improve its disposal.

Floor under landfill tax until 2020.

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