Liberal Democrats seek to ban ‘unabated’ coal power

Measure will form the centrepiece of party’s commitment on the environment in 2015 general election manifesto

Electricity generated from coal in old power plants without carbon capture would be banned in a proposal that will form the centrepiece of the Liberal Democrats’ commitment on the environment in its general election manifesto.

Ed Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, will announce on Monday that the zero carbon Britain bill will be among five green laws that the Lib Dems would demand in any future coalition negotiations.

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