Labour commits to 2030 net-zero target as part of Green New Deal

The motion was led by Lauren Townsend (pictured). Image: Twitter/Lauren Townsend

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” earlier today (24 September).

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.

The Labour Party Conference has also seen the party outline plans to build a national network of charging points for electric vehicles at a cost of £3.6bn to kickstart its planned “green industrial revolution”. 

Tom Grimwood

This article appeared first on edie’s sister title, Utility Week

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Comments (2)

  1. Ben Burton says:

    Further driving up the cost per mWh of unreliable intermittent power, note worthy on the back of the current climate emergency fronted by screaming children.
    Installing 52GW of capacity that the UK on average only uses 35GW currently and still unreliable intermittent power.
    Rebecca Long-Bailey and the others in parliament that drive these initiatives with zero engineering or scientific knowledge, as they say all or nothing = blackouts.
    Wednesday to Friday last week 20-09-2019 UK windmills made nothing, now imagine what powers the grid when an additional 52GW isn’t doing anything.
    don’t believe me check grid watch
    https://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

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