Labour launches its green plans

The Labour Party has pledged to retrofit at least five million homes in the next 10 years as well as create a million new green jobs by 2025. They are […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Labour Party has pledged to retrofit at least five million homes in the next 10 years as well as create a million new green jobs by 2025.

They are part of the party’s ‘Green Plan’ published today, setting out its aims to make the transition towards a low carbon economy, which it believes is a “huge opportunity” for the UK.

It promises to “overhaul” Britain’s approach to energy efficiency – providing half a million “personalised home energy reports” a year, detailing how householders could save money on their energy bills.

The party will also offer free energy efficiency improvements to at least 200,000 households in or at the risk of fuel poverty, delivered street-by-street by local authorities and other trusted bodies.

One million interest-free loans will also be provided in the next Parliament to support the installation of energy-saving measures under Labour’s plans.

It will develop a ‘National Adaptation Programme’ (NAP) to ensure all government departments and sectors play their part in adapting to climate change before the Paris negotiations in December 2015.

Climate adaptation reporting will be made mandatory so operators of infrastructure such as roads, airports, rail, schools and hospitals have plans in place for increasing resilience to climate change, the plan states.

Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said: “Building a more equal society means tackling climate change and protecting nature.

“The next Labour government will commit Britain to decarbonising our electricity supply by 2030 to give business certainty to invest so we can create a million green jobs over the next decade and invest in green technology and green infrastructure to power Britain’s economy forward into the future.”

The party also plans to work with industry to implement the zero carbon homes policy, give more borrowing powers to the Green Investment Bank and boost community energy.