Climate change and environmental degradation are major issues facing countries worldwide. We believe, as Conservatives, that environmental policy should reflect the gravity of the situation, and the solutions must be serious, grounded in reality, and use the most effective tools at our disposal.
We believe that the most effective way to reduce our emissions long-term is through using free markets to unleash the innovative capacity of business and incentivise decarbonisation. As the only way to reduce emissions without stunting the innovation required to solve our environmental problems, effective conservative environmentalism is the antidote to economically-harmful, anti-business alternatives offered by other parties.
Tough action on climate change, by aligning incentives to unleash that dynamism of free markets also reinforces other Conservative objectives: economic strength, diversification, and well-paid employment without higher taxes. Carefully managed, the transition to Net Zero by 2050 - as legislated by the Conservative Government - could usher in a new era of productivity growth and the 'levelling up' of the United Kingdom.
Founded in July 2019, we recently launched in Parliament - pictured above (February 2020). We are fortunate to have the support of many MPs and Peers, who make up our Parliamentary Oversight Committee.
Beyond liaising with Parliament and promoting the environmental work that the Conservative Party does, we work with our grassroots membership and industry experts to develop and refine policy ideas. Currently in development is our policy paper, 'The Conservative Alternative to the Green New Deal'. We also have a blog, which has contributions from our Board members, officers, and grassroots membership.