On Thursday last week the Labour Party released its most detailed energy policy strategy to date (https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ThirtyBy2030report.pdf) under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, who has shown increasing interest in the climate change threat. For example, in responding to the Prime Minister in the Queen’s Speech debate on 14 October he stressed “what we need is a green new deal. We need a green industrial revolution, and we have to face up to the reality of the climate emergency. If we do not, the damage to the next generation and the one after it will be even worse.” Described as an “expert briefing note for Labour on wind, solar and energy efficiency”, it was covered by an authorship rider that insisted that it was “conducted independently from the Labour Party and does not represent Labour Party policy,” and added “ This project is the product of a working group of industry professionals and experts, with inputs from right across the energy sector, over a six-month period.. The authors have contributed in a purely personal capacity. The new energy document follows a shorter document, issued a year earlier, drafted by the same authorship team, titled ‘Achieving 60% renewable and low carbon energy in the UK by 2030’. The main difference , aside from length, of the new document is the inclusion of advocacy support for a nuclear energy component to the electricity supply mix, of which more below.
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