Jeremy Corbyn will today promise to put green jobs at the heart of Labour’s economic strategy in a bit to create 400,000 new posts and put the UK back “on track” to meet its emissions targets. In what looks set to be one of the greenest speeches ever delivered by a leader of a British political party, Corbyn will tell the Labour conference in Liverpool that “there is no bigger threat facing humanity than climate change”. The Party is set to follow the publication of a new package of environmental policies on Sunday with the release of a clean energy plan designed to ensure the UK sources 60 per cent of its power and heat from clean sources by 2030. However, the target appeared to conflict with Sunday’s proposals, which suggested the 60 per cent goal would cover all energy and would be met within 12 years of a Labour government coming to power. Labour is set to confirm that the overarching target will be backed by a goal to source 85 per cent of electricity from renewables and other low carbon sources, as well as a new target to source 44 per cent of heat from green sources.
Business Green 26th sept 2018 read more »
Labour has committed itself to a net-zero target of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, as Jeremy Corbyn vows to “kickstart a green jobs revolution” in the UK. The Opposition Leader will pledge to create 400,000 green jobs and put the UK “back on track” to achieve its emissions targets at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool today (26 September). The proposals will “make Britain the only developed country outside Scandinavia to be on track to meet our climate change obligations,” Corbyn is expected to say. And they will bring “skills and security to communities held back for too long”, in all parts of the UK. In a bold speech on Britain’s low-carbon future, Corbyn will say that a Labour Government will provide subsides for offshore and onshore wind, and reverse Government cuts to solar power subsidies. The Party will set aside £12.8bn for subsidies to insulate homes in the Party’s first term, which Labour says will create 160,000 new jobs alone.
Edie 26th Sept 2018 read more »
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced in his conference speech on Wednesday: “Our programme of investment and transformation to achieve a 60% reduction in emissions by 2030 will create over 400,000 skilled jobs.” The party has published some of the detail behind that proposal. Parts of the plan had been laid out on Tuesday by shadow business and energy secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey. How the number of jobs was calculated will be revealed when the full report comes out later in the year, but the interim report gave a breakdown of where they would come from: 120,000 jobs in offshore wind; 60,000 jobs in onshore wind; 70,000 jobs in solar power; 160,000 jobs in making homes energy efficient. The government says it is “on track to comfortably exceed our ambition of delivering 30% of the UK’s electricity from renewables in 2020-21”. The basis of Labour’s plans is a pledge from the party’s 2017 manifesto to deliver 60% of the UK’s energy demand from zero carbon or renewable sources by 2030. The paper clarified that this meant electricity and heating, so not transport. The first thing to say is that the plan to achieve this by 2030 assumes that there will be a Labour government in place early next year.
BBC 26th Sept 2018 read more »
A Labour government would look to treble the UK’s current solar capacity and create more than 400,000 green jobs by 2030. Those were the key facts from this week’s Labour Party conference which comprised speeches from some of the opposition party’s central figures. Yesterday the party’s shadow business, energy and industrial energy secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said that Labour had been working with an “expert team” of energy professionals, engineers and academics to assess how the country could meet such a target. A near trebling of the UK’s solar capacity would equate to around 39GW of operational solar in the UK, enough, according to Long-Bailey, to power seven million homes. Leonie Greene, director of advocacy at the Solar Trade Association, stressed that expanding wind and solar capacity should be an economically-driven decision that crosses party political lines. “The government estimates that around £180 billion needs to be invested in the electricity sector alone to 2030, so enabling the lowest cost technologies which do not need public subsidy and which do not contribute to climate change – namely solar and onshore wind – would be very good news for consumers.”
Solar Power Portal 26th Sept 2018 read more »
If Corbyn ruins our land with wind turbines it would be a monument to his disdain for this country.
Daily Mail 27th Sept 2018 read more »