Mixed views on Labour’s green promises

The Labour party’s manifesto has been criticised for failing to support waste management. Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) said: “To maximise the potential […]

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The Labour party’s manifesto has been criticised for failing to support waste management.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) said: “To maximise the potential contribution from biogas, the party will need to go further on their resources policy by helping councils and businesses segregate food waste and ensure it is available for anaerobic digestion.”

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) – which represents the firms that make up the green economy – agreed about the lack of support.

Executive Director Matthew Farrow said it was “disappointing” there was no mention of waste management as well as resource efficiency despite the UK’s 2020 target of 50% recycling being “increasingly in doubt”.

However he added it was “heartening” Labour recognised the potential of the nation’s green economy.

“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,” Mr Farrow said.

Some of the green promises made by Labour leader Ed Miliband yesterday included more stringent climate change rules, creating one million jobs and investing in energy efficiency.

His announcement also included the creation of a new watchdog if his party came to power.