The Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats both launched environment manifestoes at the weekend, reaffirming their commitment to low carbon technologies.
Under Labour’s manifesto, entitled A Green Future Fair For All, secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Miliband pledged to create 5,000 apprenticeships in low carbon sectors and to support low carbon businesses through its planned £4 billion UK Finance for Growth fund.
He reaffirmed 15 per cent of UK energy would be from renewable sources, including local heat and power, by 2020.
Mr Miliband said Labour would insulate every loft and cavity wall where practical by 2015, ensure every home had a smart meter by 2020 and introduce Pay As You Save schemes for green energy measures at home.
Labour has also promised to push for 30 per cent cuts in EU emissions by 2020 and to shift the EU budget towards low carbon infrastructure and technology.
The Liberal Democrats proposals included a £3.1bn green economic stimulus package.
Leader Nick Clegg said the party would focus on insulation programmes and on boosting renewable energy industries, which also included plans for a major apprenticeship scheme.