Labour-run cities pledge 100% clean energy by 2050

Labour leaders of more than 60 councils across Britain have signed a pledge to power their towns and cities with 100% clean energy by 2050. These includes councils in London, Norwich, […]

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Labour leaders of more than 60 councils across Britain have signed a pledge to power their towns and cities with 100% clean energy by 2050.

These includes councils in London, Norwich, Cambridge, Oldham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Newcastle and Nottingham.

It is estimated this will cut the UK’s carbon footprint by more than 10%.

The pledge, made by the Shadow Energy Secretary Lisa Nandy MP, means the councils will strive to ensure they use cleaner energy supplies, greener transport systems and insulate homes.

It states: “We have the ambition of making all our towns and cities across the UK 100% clean before 2050, in line with the commitments made nationally and internationally at the Paris Summit.”

The leaders are matching similar pledges made by the heads of other towns and cities around the world – including Copenhagen, New York, Sydney and Munich.

Ms Nandy said: “Where Labour is in power we will push for a clean energy boom even if the government will not. Ministers say they support devolution to our towns and cities so they should back these council leaders by ending their attack on the schemes that can help to make this safer, cleaner future a reality.”