Labour Party members have backed a pledge to reduce greenhouse emissions to net-zero by 2030 – two decades earlier that the government’s current target. The commitment is part of the Green New Deal motion which delegates at the party’s conference in Brighton voted to adopt by an “overwhelming majority”. Lauren Townsend, trade unionist and spokesperson for Labour for a Green New Deal, said: “The Labour movement has voted to take leadership on the climate emergency with a response which puts people and planet before profit. “Now the ambition has been set, it is time for our movement to come together to build a Green New Deal from the ground up in every town, village and city.” The motion also commits the party to take Great Britain’s energy networks and biggest energy suppliers back into public ownership, introduce a complete ban on fracking and make large-scale investments in renewable and low-carbon energy. Yesterday, shadow business and energy secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey announced plans for the government to build and take a majority stake in 37 new offshore windfarms by 2030 with a capacity of 52GW.
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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has today promised “massive public investment” to bring UK emissions to net zero, just hours after the Party voted in favour of delivering net zero emissions by 2030 – a full 20 years earlier than the government’s current target. Corbyn argued pumping public money into renewable energy and green technology would not prove a “burden”, but would present “an opportunity to kickstart a green industrial revolution” across the country. “That green industrial revolution will create hundreds of thousands of high skill, high wage, unionized jobs, as we triple solar power, double onshore wind, and bring about a seven-fold increase in offshore wind projects,” he told the conference. The party has already this week promised to pump £6bn into the EV supply chain, invest £3.6bn in charge points, and take a public stake in 52GW of new offshore wind capacity. The Green New Deal motion passed today would set a target to achieve net zero emissions in the UK by 2030. Dubbed the Socialist Green New Deal, the motion also called for the nationalisation of the ‘Big Six’ energy companies, the introduction of a green jobs guarantee, free or affordable green public transport, and new mechanisms to help the ‘Global South’ combat the climate emergency and ensure the UK welcomes climate refugees. The package of proposals are now expected to inform Labour’s official policy position, with a number of senior figures signalling their backing for the plans.
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Labour votes to slash greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2030.
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In response to the shadow Secretary of State for Business’ announcements at the Labour Party Conference today, Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist for Greenpeace UK, said – “Labour’s ambitious package of measures to support and share the benefits of electric vehicles, battery manufacture and renewables shows an awareness of the need to decarbonise both quickly and fairly. If the government didn’t work out which way the political wind was blowing from the Lib Dems’ impressive efforts last week, this should hammer the message home. This conference season is producing the kind of transformative policies the climate movement has been waiting for, let’s hope we don’t have to wait too much longer.”
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Labour is pledging to invest billions of pounds in electric car production and offshore wind farms to accelerate the “green industrial revolution”. A future Labour government would take equity stakes in car producers in return for a £3bn capital investment in new electric models and machinery. Thirty-seven publicly-owned wind farms will be built, with the profits used to regenerate deprived coastal areas. Delegates have been debating the pace of decarbonisation at the conference. Earlier this year, Parliament approved a law requiring the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, a stricter target compared with the previous one of at least an 80% reduction from 1990 levels. Labour delegates, many of whom want a more ambitious strategy, approved a motion calling for a 2030 zero net emissions target as part of a green new deal.
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