Duncan Hames called for action to achieve a truly sustainable economy at the recent national Liberal Democrat conference.
Duncan, the prospective Lib Dem MP for Chippenham, explained that sustainable energy generation and home energy efficiency were pivotal to these proposals, citing local examples as evidence of progress in this field.
He recently took the Liberal Democrats’ Climate Change spokesman, Simon Hughes MP to see a demonstration by Chippenham and Villages Environmentalists (CAVE) and Westlea Housing, of the use of a heat-imaging camera to provide free home energy efficiency surveys to help local residents save energy and money.
Duncan said: “We need a ‘Warm Homes’ programme that meets the scale of this challenge, and meets the demand from so many people for help to reduce our personal heat energy needs”.
He also promoted the award-winning innovation of local business, Checkmate Sea Energy of Melksham, who have developed the Anaconda, a wave energy converter.
“I have every confidence in the ingenuity and determination of the British people to rise to the challenge of tackling Climate Change, given sufficient investment. We have such a great renewable energy resource around our island, that to fail to take advantage of it would be an absolute scandal.” said Duncan.
Duncan contrasted the Liberal Democrats vision with the record and stance of the other parties: “The Conservatives just don’t get a Sustainable Economy. My Conservative opponent recently told a public meeting in Bradford-on-Avon that he rejected further taxes to curb aviation because the airlines can’t afford it… Our world cannot afford not to curb aviation emissions!”
Full details of Duncan’s speech can be viewed at the Wiltshire Lib Dem website: http://www.wiltshirelibdems.org.uk/