The Labour Party published its manifesto today (13 April) in Manchester, which says that a Labour government would pursue “an industrial strategy for the green economy” that would “make Britain a world leader in low-carbon technologies” and create a million jobs.
The party says that under a Labour government, the UK could expect to see a million green jobs created, as well as a timetable for the Green Investment Bank to be given additional powers to borrow and invest in green business and technology.
The party also pledged to introduce a legal target to remove carbon from the UK’s electricity supply by 2030, as well as seeking “ambitious” emissions reduction targets at United Nations level.
The Environmental Industries Commission’s Matthew Farrow said: “It is heartening that Labour recognise the potential of the green economy, and the importance of using government policy to create a stable investment framework.
Matthew Farrow, EIC – “Disappointing though that with the UK’s ability to meet the 2020 target of 50% recycling increasingly in doubt, there is no mention in the manifesto and waste management and resource efficiency”
“The strategy needs to cover the full range of environmental business, including for example air pollution control and contaminated land remediation, and should include joint work with the green business sector to identify and access the enormous export opportunities our members are targeting.”
Turning to the other environment-related announcements in the manifesto, he added: “The proposal for a national framework of local-authority led Low Emission Zones to tackle air pollution is very welcome and something EIC has long campaigned for.
“Likewise, the strong statements on international climate change negotiations, a 2030 decarbonisation target and energy efficiency are all very much on the right lines, as is the recognition that flood defence spending must be prioritised.
“The intention to ensure a robust regulatory framework for shale gas exploitation is right, though it is important that regulation is based on proper scientific evidence.”
The party, however, made no mention regarding the possible establishment of an Office for Resource Management within government, nor did it include any mention of waste and resource management or the recycling sector in its green growth agenda.
Farrow continued: “Disappointing though that with the UK’s ability to meet the 2020 target of 50% recycling increasingly in doubt, there is no mention in the manifesto and waste management and resource efficiency.”