Tackling climate change part of Labour pledge

Ed Miliband reaffirmed the party’s commitment to climate change in Labour’s manifesto today. Speaking in Manchester, the party leader said Labour would enforce more stringent climate change rules if the party came […]

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Ed Miliband reaffirmed the party’s commitment to climate change in Labour’s manifesto today.

Speaking in Manchester, the party leader said Labour would enforce more stringent climate change rules if the party came into power.

He said: “The aim will be supported by ambitious domestic carbon reduction targets, including a legal target to remove the carbon from our electricity supply by 2030 and a major drive for energy efficiency.”

It was part of a wider commitment on energy reforms, which included getting tough on power companies.

The manifesto states Labour will work to make Britain “a world leader in low carbon technologies over the next decade, creating over a million additional green jobs”.

The party also intends to bring down energy bills by making homes more energy efficient, delivering a million interest-free loans for energy-saving home improvements in the next parliament.

You can read Labour’s whole manifesto here.

The Conservatives released their manifesto this week, with announcements including a ban on onshore wind subsidies but continued support for fracking.

The Liberal Democrats have promised plans for 24-hour energy switching and set out its five green pledges.

UKIP said it would get rid of DECC, repeal the Climate Change Act, pledged to support fracking and coal and scrap solar and wind support.

The Green Party has vowed to invest up to £35 billion in renewables and ban fracking.