Environment

The DUP’s environmental policy places emphasis on promoting renewable energy, reducing pollution and preserving the Province’s countryside and wildlife.

Environment

Over the next four year Assembly term Democratic Unionist Party Ministers would seek to:

  • Aim to secure 40% of our energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020, assisting small scale renewable energy generation, ensuring simplified processes to secure approval for renewable projects, publishing a Northern Ireland Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy and seeking to establish the Province as a renewable manufacturing hub
  • Make our fair share of reductions in greenhouse gases, cutting emissions by 25% below 1990 levels by 2025
  • Continue progress towards making the government estate carbon neutral
  • Promote renewable heat working towards 10% of heat consumed coming from renewable sources by 2020
  • Commence a Province-wide retrofit programme providing a range of energy efficiency measures, reducing carbon emissions and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels
  • Explore opportunities for future retrofitting of public and commercial buildings
  • Take advantage of the economic opportunities offered by a low carbon economy
  • Support Research and Development in renewable and low carbon technologies
  • Increase the number of schools involved in the Eco-Schools programme
  • Continue annual increases in household waste recycling rates and reduce food waste
  • Further implement the Water Framework Directive
  • Rigorously tackle waterways pollution which presents a significant threat to local ecosystems, particularly in those areas which have seen repeated incidents of both deliberate and accidental pollution
  • Promote car sharing and park and ride facilities
  • Promote low energy lighting and fittings in public buildings
  • Work to improve air quality
  • Promote green spaces and wildlife corridors in order to halt the loss of habitats and biodiversity
  • Prevent species decline, arrest the recent loss of wildlife by 2020 and support the retention and restoration of native forests
  • Develop a partnership approach to increase woodland cover, enlarging existing native woodlands and creating links between them to encourage biodiversity and connectivity
  • Stop the decline in farmland birds in Northern Ireland
  • Facilitate the expansion of allotment provision
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