RenewableUK comments on Labour Party Manifesto
21 November 2019
Posted by: Rob Norris
Commenting on today’s publication of Labour’s Manifesto, RenewableUK’s Director of Strategic Communications Luke Clark said:
“Labour is right to identify renewable energy as a major engine for job creation in the years ahead. Offshore wind alone will be employing 27,000 people by 2030, regenerating coastal communities and creating supply chain opportunities for companies all over the country.
“The renewables industry is working hard to ease the transfer of experienced workers from other parts of the energy sector into renewables, as well as investing in creating the next generation of green collar jobs, which the Climate Apprenticeship programme unveiled today could support.
“We welcome Labour’s ambition to build much-needed new capacity by rolling out more onshore and offshore wind using our two cheapest power sources, as well as their championing of innovative tidal power and the expansion of energy storage and local community projects.
“It’s also good to see a recognition of the importance of upgrading the grid to modernise our energy system, however reorganising our energy networks risks being a costly and complex option at a time when we need to speed up the decarbonisation of our economy”.
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2. Labour’s Manifesto is available here.
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