General election: Conservative manifesto offers few green surprises

The Conservative Party has launched its election manifesto with a renewed commitment to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a pledge to invest substantially less public money in renewables and energy efficiency than its electoral rivals.

The green pledges, which were widely trailed in the run-up to the manifesto launch, include a £9.2bn fund to improve energy efficiency in homes and public buildings, bringing total offshore wind capacity up to 40GW by 2030 - an increase of 10GW on the previous goal - and £100bn in new spending on roads, rail and “other responsible, productive investments”.

The green spending falls well short of pledges made by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens, all of which have said they would invest hundreds of billions of pounds in nature protection and green industry.

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