The next Labour government would change the planning system to make it easier to erect onshore wind turbines, reversing a virtual ban imposed by David Cameron three years ago. The policy is set out in a new document called “The Green Transformation: Labour’s Environment Policy” that will be published on Sunday. Labour would also support tidal lagoons, ban fracking and invest £2.3bn a year upgrading insulation in 4m properties. However, the paper also spells out a subtle shift in the party’s longstanding policy of getting 60 per cent of Britain’s energy from low-carbon sources by 2030. That framework has been shifted so the target is “within 12 years of coming to power”. Britain already receives more than half of its electricity from low-carbon sources such as nuclear, wind and solar. But getting 60 per cent of all energy from such sources is far more challenging because “energy” includes the electricity system and heating as well as some transport. “We’ve got a team of engineers and industry experts working on our proposals at the moment about … how we get there,” said Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow business secretary. The document says Labour would “remove the barriers to onshore wind put in place by the Conservative government” and stop “chopping and changing” energy policy. Labour is still unclear as to what role nuclear power would play under a government led by Jeremy Corbyn, a past critic of the nuclear industry. Most experts believe nuclear is needed as part of a low-carbon energy “mix” because it is less intermittent than solar and wind energy. Labour’s paper suggests greater use of “local, micro grids and batteries” to store renewable energy. However Ms Long-Bailey said nuclear would be part of the plan. “I would state quite firmly that we have to recognise that nuclear will form part of the mix, going forward.”
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CUNNINGHAME North Constituency Labour party is aiming to shape the UK party’s policy on the issue of nuclear energy. The local party have submitted a motion to next week’s Labour Party Conference in Liverpool that advocates the need for increased renewable and nuclear generation. It calls for a review of Scottish Government’s ban on new nuclear developments at Hunterston and Torness. Labour in North Ayrshire are furious at the local SNP’s recent attempt to preclude future nuclear developments at Hunterston by amending North Ayrshire’s local plan. Local party spokesman Councillor Alex Gallagher commented: “Kenny Gibson, in his dutiful role as Edinburgh’s man in North Ayrshire, instructed local SNP councillors to do this. As usual, Kenny failed. “To the dismay of the industry and trade unions, Mr Gibson claimed recently that new nuclear generation is ‘prohibitively expensive’. This is not the view of the Scottish Government who believe that ‘Scotland doesn’t need nuclear power’. We believe that it is time to put that assertion to the test and to the sword. “EDF Hunterston B is the biggest private sector employer in both their seats and the building of Hunterston C is the biggest economic opportunity that Ayrshir e has had in decades.” Kenneth Gibson MSP hit back: “This is desperate stuff from Labour. EDF who know Hunterston B has absolutely no plans whatsoever to build a new nuclear power station, which would cost billions, at Hunterston. Hinkley Point is already going to cost at least £25 billion and is years behind schedule. In a deal with China, electricity prices from Hinkley have been fixed at almost twice the current energy price. No doubt Labour are happy that people will pay sky-high bills for their energy in future but the SNP is not.
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Philippe Le Houérou CEO of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group that is focused exclusively on private sector development: One powerful way to effectively fight global warming is to use carbon pricing more systematically in investment project selection. By applying a price to the use of fossil fuels, we will be fully reflecting the costs to society, shift the burden of responsibility to those who generate the emissions, and encourage innovations for cleaner growth.
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