The Conservative Group Deputy Leader, Cllr Steve Bell, spoke to The Argus in response to The Green MP’s comments: “Ms Lucas may say she’s not happy with the policies and that they are slow, but the Conservative government has really pushed for better green policies to be in place. I want to note that these schemes did not exist in the last administration.
“Theresa May has only been in office for 19 months and she has achieved so much in a short period of time. Examples include reducing pesticides in food and developed strategies to tackle littering.
“It’s easy to criticise but bringing in and implementing new policies take time. The Conservatives are working really hard to improve the country’s environment.
“Last November we put forward a motion to end the use of single use plastic in Brighton and this will be discussed at a committee meeting this month.”
In under two years, The Conservative Government has:
- Implimented a World-Leading Microbeads Ban
- Implimented a 25 Year Environment Plan
- Successfully Tackled Air Pollution – Seeing Drastic Reductions
- Become World Leaders In Manufacture/Sale Of Electric Vehicles
- Started Cutting The Number Of Diesel Cars
- Extended The Blue Belt To Protect Seabirds
- Consulted To Ban Ivory Sale & Import
- Announced Ban On Pesticides That Harm Bees
- Introduced Ban On Single Use Plastics In Parliament
We would ask the Greens not to talk these achievements down, but to support us both Nationally and Locally to ensure real environmental change which will affect all our lives.
During their time in Administration here in Brighton and Hove, The Green Party presided over the biggest drop in recycling rates to date. The most recent environmental initiative to be passed in City Chambers was a Conservative Motion – Proposed by our very own Steve Bell – and called for the banning of single use plastics. The Conservative Group’s green credentials here in our City have been mirrored by National initiatives from The Conservative Government.
The Green Party Talk The Talk – They Fail To Act
The Conservatives are the Party of action when it comes to environmental action. It is sad to hear The Green Party’s only MP berating our achievements. We would ask the Greens not to talk these achievements down, but to support us both Nationally and Locally to ensure real environmental change which will affect all our lives
World-Leading Microbeads Ban Takes Effect
A ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads has come into force – a landmark step in the introduction of one of the world’s toughest bans on these harmful pieces of plastic.
The Conservative Government announced that manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products will no longer be able to add tiny pieces of plastic known as ‘microbeads’ to rinse-off products such as face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels.
These damaging beads can cause serious harm to marine life, but the UK’s ban – praised by campaigners as one of the toughest in the world – will help to stop billions of microbeads ending up in the ocean every year. Alongside the success of the government’s 5p plastic bag charge – which has taken nine billion bags out of circulation – the ban puts the UK at the forefront of international efforts to crack down on plastic pollution.
A ban on the sale of products containing microbeads will follow.
A Green Future
The Environment Agency’s new Plastics and Sustainability team will work with businesses, councils and community action groups to reduce plastic pollution.
Conservatives Successfully Tackling Air Polution
There has been a long term decrease in the emissions of all of the significant air pollutants (ammonia, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds,
particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5) and sulphur dioxide). Emissions of sulphur dioxide decreased by 29 per cent from 2015 to 2016, dropping to the lowest level in the time series. Emissions of nitrogen oxides decreased in 2016 compared to 2015 by 10 per cent, dropping to the lowest level in the time series. Emissions of non-methane volatile organic compounds are continuing to decline, by 2.0 per cent between 2015 and 2016. The rate of decline was most pronounced in the 1990s and early 2000s and has slowed in recent years. PM10 emissions have remained relatively static over the past five years but decreased by 1.9 per cent from 2015 to 2016. PM2.5 emissions decreased by 3.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016. 2016 emissions are the lowest level in the time series.
The UK continues to meet current international and EU ceilings for emissions of ammonia,
non-methane volatile organic compounds and sulphur dioxide. The Gothenburg Protocol
under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Trans-boundary Air Pollution was revised in
2012 to set new emission ceilings to apply from 2020.
Conservatives Corrected Labour Failure
Latest data suggests that the UK exceeded the current international and EU ceiling for
nitrogen oxides for the year 2010 only, but since the Conservatives took Office the UK came back into compliance from 2011 onward.
We Are A World-Leader In The Manufacture Of Electric Vehicles
Speaking at London Wetland Centre ealier this year Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May, said: “We are investing in electric vehicle infrastructure and new charging technologies, supporting the roll-out of low carbon buses, and expanding cycling and walking infrastructure.
“In July we published our plan to tackle traffic pollution and we will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
“In the last Budget we announced a £220 million Clean Air Fund, paid for by tax changes to company car tax and vehicle excise duty on new diesel cars.
“This year, we will set out how government will support the transition to almost all cars and vans being zero emission vehicles by 2050.
“And the UK will host an international zero-emission vehicle summit, driving innovation towards cleaner transport.
“I am determined that we will do what it takes to ensure our air is clean and safe for the future.“
Blue Belt Extended To Protect Seabirds
The Conservative Government has announced two new marine Special Protection Areas and extensions to four other sites to safeguard rare seabirds.
Nearly 150,000 rare seabirds – including the iconic little tern and black-throated diver – will be better protected as the UK’s ‘Blue Belt’ of marine protected areas extends by over 650 square miles.
The Conservative Government is seeking to introduce a total ban on UK sales of ivory that could contribute either directly or indirectly to the continued poaching of elephants. This will include the banning of imports. The consultation ended in December 2017 and action will be taken based on results.
These are just a few of the outstanding achievements your Local and National Conservatives have had in under two years. Your environment is being improved and protected by The Conservative Party. For the first time ever, future generations will inherit an environment that is in a better state than that of their forbears.