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

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

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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