In his closing speech at Conference Jeremy Corbyn promised to “kick-start a green jobs revolution” when Labour wins power. “Our energy plans would make Britain the only developed country outside Scandinavia to be on track to meet our climate change obligations”.
Labour will set a target of 60% of energy to come from low carbon or renewable sources by 2030 – it is currently about 30%. To achieve that, 410,000 skilled jobs will be created. Working with the unions to retrain the workforce who are currently employed in unsustainable, oil based energy; “good jobs, based here and on Union rates”.
The move will be part of a “radical plan we need to rebuild and transform Britain”. Much of the money to pay for the policy will come from the public purse – such as the £12.8bn Labour says it will set aside for subsidies to insulate homes in Labour’s first term. This policy alone will create 160,000 new jobs.
There will also be subsidies for offshore and onshore wind and solar energy. Labour’s plans also envisage solar panels fitted “on all viable UK roofs” by 2030. And,
the number of onshore wind farms could rise under Labour from 7,000 to 14,000 over 12 years, while the number of offshore turbines would leap to more than 12,000.
Here is Clive Lewis being interviewed (at The World Transformed) about this developing project for Labour. He has been put back on the front bench, in John McDonnell’s team, to research and develop all that sustainable economics involves; ready to hit the ground running when Labour get into government……. coming soon ◇