Quality of Life report … from the Tories.

‘The Quality of Life Policy Group, chaired by John Gummer and vice-chaired by Zac Goldsmith, released their final report on Thursday morning.

The Group have spent 18 months developing an agenda to make Britain a world leader on green growth by:

– Using markets to help create positive change
– Helping individuals change their behaviour
– Making industry use resources more efficiently

They have outlined a series of proposals to reduce pollution and improve the wider environment and quality of life.

Launching the report, John Gummer said, “If we are to create a way of living that can sustain, then water, waste, transport and energy, as well as farming, food, fishing and the built environment, have to be thought of as a whole.”

Zac Goldsmith added, “This is the most thorough review of environmental policies ever conducted by a political Party. It is radical but practical, pioneering but realistic, and shows how the next Conservative government can deliver the change we need.”

You can find the full report here at the Conservatives website. It’s in pdf and at over 3MB and 550 pages it’s rather detailed.

John Sauven, the director of Greenpeace gives his reaction via The Guardian.

The general thrust of the report is bang on the button; we have to change in all areas and these changes must use real incentives via tax instruments.

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7 Responses to Quality of Life report … from the Tories.

  1. earthpal says:

    I haven’t got through the wholre report yet but so far I’m very impressed and inspired. It’s an excellent report and an extremely important one.

    Many things included there that us greenies have been banging on about for ages.

    Cameron must endorse this.

  2. matt says:

    He’s up against Redwood (that right wing survivor) but I agree, there are plenty of things in that report that environmentalists have wanted in the mainstream for ages.

    To see political parties fighting for our vote is delicious!!

    Still, implementation is the key. It’s amazing how quickly ‘green’ initiatives are dropped once a party is in power and the markets do a wobble.

  3. Pete Smith says:

    At firt glance, what struck me is how refreshingly free of party politics this document is. When Johan Eliasch joined Brown’s team he said climate change was a non-party matter and he did not want to be involved in any political party. That is absolutely the right message to send out, and I hope this report will be accepted in its own right, rather than on the basis of ideology.

  4. matt says:

    Yes, a Times interview with Goldsmith also put this theme across. Good (and very important) point Pete.

  5. niq says:

    The leading edge of mainstream politics is showing some signs of moving on from useless gimmicks to real measures. Didn’t someone also propose taking several pence off income tax and using ‘green’ taxes to make up the lost revenue? That sounds a lot like http://bahumbug.wordpress.com/2006/10/30/green-taxes/

  6. Pete Smith says:

    God I get so fed up with all this stuff about ‘green taxes’ as if they were an unreasonable additional burden. Can’t people see that for decades we’ve been getting away without paying the true environmental cost of goods and services, and these measures only restore their true price.

    Bah humbug!

  7. matt says:

    If I was Chancellor I’d be excited by the opportunity to redesign the tax system so that it influenced people’s spending behaviour towards good environmental practice. Imaginative play, as they say at Nursery, is so very important. Maybe this current generation of politicians suffer from a lack of creative thinking.

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