Labour will commit itself to a net-zero target of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, as part of the Party’s overarching pledge to become “by far the greenest Government ever”. Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey will announce the goal at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool. She will warn of climate change’s “existential threat” to humanity and insist that the UK must do better than the UK’s current 2050 goal to reduce emissions by 80%. “The potential benefits of transitioning to a sustainable economy are enormous and we want to make sure these are shared by everyone,” Ms Long-Bailey will say. “Our transition to net zero emissions will involve working closely with energy unions to ensure that we tackle climate change in a way that delivers good jobs. Recommendations include providing 85% of electricity demand from renewable and low-carbon sources, and 44% of heating demand from renewables. Labour also plans to oversee a seven-fold increase in offshore wind, a doubling of onshore wind, and almost a tripling of solar power. The document reiterates support for the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, opposition to fracking, and a promise to support decentralised energy by bringing the UK’s energy transmission and distribution networks back into public ownership. In the area of energy efficiency, there are pledges to instate a new zero-carbon homes standard “as soon as possible” and ensure all council and housing associations reach EPC band C.
Edie 25th Sept 2018 read more »
Jeremy Corbyn will promise to “kickstart a green jobs revolution” if Labour wins power, in his closing speech to his party’s conference. He will commit Labour to a target of 60% of energy to come from low carbon or renewable sources by 2030 – it is currently about 30%. To achieve that, 410,000 skilled jobs will need to be created, he says. The move will be part of a “radical plan we need to rebuild and transform Britain”, the Labour leader will say. Much of the money to pay for the policy will come from the public purse – such as the £12.8bn Labour says it will set aside for subsidies to insulate homes in Labour’s first term. The party says this policy alone will create 160,000 new jobs. There will also be subsidies for offshore and onshore wind and solar energy.
BBC 26th Sept 2018 read more »
Jeremy Corbyn will serve notice today that a Labour government will hit landlords with new green taxes, double the number of countryside wind farms and aim to put solar panels on “every viable” roof in Britain. The Labour leader hopes to get on the front foot after a conference dominated by disagreements over Brexit and held in the shadow of a bitter row over antisemitism with a pledge to “kick-start a green jobs revolution”. He says that a Labour government would commit itself to reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. On taking power it would scrap planning limits on wind farms and significantly increase subsidies for renewable energy sources paid for in part from the party’s plan to borrow £250 billion.
Times 26th Sept 2018 read more »
The i newspaper 25th Sept 2018 read more »
A Labour government would carpet Britain with wind turbines as a central part of its green energy policy, Jeremy Corbyn will announce on Wednesday. In his keynote speech to the Labour Party Conference, Mr Corbyn will promise to double the number of onshore wind farms in the UK and increase offshore wind power sevenfold. Mr Corbyn will claim the move would create a “green jobs revolution” that would create more than 400,000 skilled jobs.
Telegraph 26th Sept 2018 read more »