Labour’s GREEN Record
The Labour Party has a proud record on climate change and the environment.
The Labour Party in government:
– Introduced the Climate Change Act 2008– a world first, binding the UK Government by law to reduce
carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, which has inspired action and been copied in countries across the world.
– Doubled renewable energy generation and established Britain as as world leader in offshore wind, marine and tidal energy, and carbon capture and storage.
– Led the way internationally, establishing Britain as the first country in the world to put climate change on the agenda at the G8 and to call a UN Security Council meeting on climate change.
– Passed the landmark National Parks Act 1949 into law to establish Britain’s National Parks and created Parks two National Parks in the South Downs and the New Forest between 1997 and 2010.
– Established the Green Belt to ensure wildlife was preserved and people had access to open countryside.
– Enshrined the right to roam in law, giving universal rights of access to the countryside and the
– Passed the Marine & Coastal Access Act 2009 to create an ecologically coherent network of Marine Conservation Zones, national parks for the sea.
– David Cameron appointed Owen Paterson who has repeated questioned the existence of climate change as Environment Secretary.
– The Tories slashed flood defence funding and downgraded flooding as a priority, leaving thousands of families at risk.
– David Cameron ignored the Committee on Climate Change and refused to include a target to decarbonise our electricity supply by 2030 his Energy Act.
– The Tories attempted to sell off the nation’s forests.
– Under the Tories, investment in new sources of clean energy is running at half the level it should be to meet our emission reduction targets and the UK has become less attractive to green investors, falling behind France, India and Japan.
LABOUR’S GREEN PLAN
Global action to tackle climate change
1) Champion increased climate ambition from all the world’s major economies, beginning by making sure that Europe and European leaders are doing their bit to hold warming below the internationally agreed goal of two degrees.
2) Work for an ambitious global agreement on climate change in Paris later this year, with ambitious emissions targets for all countries, strengthen every five yeras and a goal of net zero global emissions in the second half of this century.
3) Expand the role of the Department of International Development ot mitigate the risks of a changing climate, and support sustainable livelihoods for the world’s poorest people.
Domestic action to adapt and mitigate
4) Set a legally binding target to decarbonise our electricity supply by 2030.
5) Deliver energy efficiency upgrades to at least five million homes over ten years.
6) Work with industry to implement the zero carbon homes policy.
7) Introduce a new domestic climate change adaptation programme to protect homes and businesses from extreme weather.
The Green economy
8) Develop an active green industrial strategy to create a million new green jobs.
9) Set out a clear long-tern policy framework to unlock the investment needed for our future low carbon energy supply.
100 Ask the Committee on Climate Change, with National Grid, to advise on the measures needed to maximise green gas.
11) Give the Green Investment Bank borrowing powers.
12) Enable individuals and communities to invest in clean energy and other low carbon technologies through new green bonds.
13) Support the development of community energy to create a more diverse energy market.
14) Deliver a Stern-style review of resource security to unlock the economic opportunities from greater resource efficiency.
15) Establish a new infrastructure commission to increase resource and energy efficiency, reduce emissions across the econmoy, and prepare for the impacts of climate change and reduce flood risk.
The natural environment
16) Bring nature closer to people by planting new woodland and trees closer to where more people live.
17) Protect the public forest estate from Tory privatisation.
18) Develop a 25 year plan for the recovery of nature with clear year year milestones to measure progress.
19) Tackle air pollution by devolving power and supporting local authorities to take action.
20) Ensure a robust environmental and regulatory regime for the extraction of shale gas before it can take place.
21) Deliver a Marine Protected Area around Pitcairn, and continue to work with the UK Overseas Territories of Ascension, and South Georgia, and South Sandwich.
22) Deliver an ecologically coherent network of Marine Conservation Zones around the UK.
23) Ensure that fishing quota allocation contributes to the restoration and maintenance of a thriving industry, including the revival of coastal communities and the protection of the marine environment.
And in Paris, Labour will work for a global. legally-binding and ambitious agreement that includes:
– Ambitious emissions targets for all countries, strengthened every five years on the basis of a scientific assessment of the prgress towards the 2 degree goal
– A goal of net zero global emissions in the second half of this century
– Transparent, universal rules for measuring, verifying and reporting emissions
– All countries adopting climate change adaptation plans
– An equitable deal in which richer countries provide support for poorer nations in their efforts to combat climate change.
You can read Labour’s Green Plan HERE