Labour launched a national green jobs tour around the UK this weekend, in a bid to ignite national support for its ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ agenda. Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey visited Morecambe in Lancashire on Saturday to discuss the area’s potential for “green jobs” in sectors such as offshore wind, tidal power and community-owned renewable energy. She said the tour aims to help Labour better understand “the skills and ideas of people throughout society”. “That’s why we’re talking to unions, businesses and communities across the country to prepare detailed and ambitious plans to deliver a Green Industrial Revolution,” she said. Alongside the tour, Labour is hosting an online call for evidence, asking for input from trade unions, businesses, public sector bodies, party members, civil society groups and members of the public on its plans to develop the green jobs market around the UK. The consultation is open until the end of 2019.
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Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution: This call for evidence is to inform Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution programme so that it works for your region, your city, your town. Please complete the questions below to have your say.
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An International Energy Agency report estimates the share of nuclear power in advanced economies could fall by two-thirds by 2040, as aging plants retire. The report claims without support for nuclear, the transition to a low carbon energy system would be far more complex and threaten global emissions targets. The findings of the divisive study have already been criticized by renewables industry figures. “It is a fallacy to claim nuclear will be replaced by natural gas since solar or wind, plus batteries, is less expensive,” said Mark Jacobson, a professor at Stanford University who has worked for more than a decade on modelling a 100% renewable energy world. “California, Florida, Colorado and South Australia, for example, have all selected renewables-plus-storage over gas.” Jacobson said the money the IEA is calling on governments to pump into nuclear would be better spent funding further expansion of renewables. “The IEA is irresponsible for promoting the subsidy of expensive, failing nuclear plants instead of using those subsidies to fund clean renewable energy, particularly wind and solar,” the Stanford professor told pv magazine. “These will eliminateThe controversial IEA study arrived in the same week as the Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018 report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which noted the cost reductions achieved by renewables continue to defy expectations. The review found three-quarters of new onshore wind, and four-fifths of new PV projects due to be commissioned next year, will produce power at lower prices than the cheapest new coal options without financial assistance. more carbon and air pollution than the nuclear they will replace, and at a lower cost.” Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology also contradicted the IEA’s claim the global energy transition would be more difficult without investment in nuclear power. “LUT University, in collaboration with the Energy Watch Group, published two major reports that clearly document that new nuclear energy capacities are not needed for the energy transition at all,” said LUT professor Christian Breyer. “Key reasons are disastrous economics, unresolved radioactive waste problems, vulnerability to terrorist attacks, remaining technical risks, limited nuclear fuels for present reactor designs and proliferation.” Mycle Schneider, lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Reports said, it would take more than the policy changes recommended by the IEA to revive nuclear. “The IEA’s assumption that it is only a matter of political will to reverse the trend and obtain ‘an 80% increase in global nuclear power production by 2040’ is lacking basic evidence for industrial feasibility, and is in fundamental contradiction with the historic performance of the industry over the past three decades.”
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