There’s just hours to go in the most important election in a generation. This election is a straight choice between five more years of the Tories, or a Labour Government. If you care about protecting our environment and tackling climate change, it has to be Labour.
Here's 10 reasons why, tweeted over the last 10 days:
1) Labour will champion increased climate ambition from all the world’s major economies #dontvotegreenandfeelblue
2) Labour will bring nature closer to people by planting new woodland & trees closer to where people live #dontvotegreenandfeelblue
3) Labour will set a legally binding target to decarbonise our electricity supply by 2030 #dontvotegreenandfeelblue
4) Labour will tackle air pollution by devolving the power to local authorities to take action #dontvotegreenandfeelblue
5) Labour will make energy efficiency a national infra priority & insulate 5 million homes over 10 years #dontvotegreenandfeelblue
6) Labour will protect the public forest estate from Tory privatisation #dontvotegreenandfeelblue
7) Labour will give the Green Investment Bank borrowing powers & enable people to invest in green bonds #dontvotegreenandfeelblue
8) Labour will introduce new climate change adaptation programme to protect homes & businesses from extreme weather #dontvotegreenandfeelblue
9) Labour will develop a 25 year plan for the recovery of nature #dontvotegreenandfeelblue
10) Labour will develop an active green industrial strategy to create a million new green jobs #dontvotegreenandfeelblue
A vote for any other party is a vote that will help David Cameron and the Tories get into Government. Don’t vote Green and feel Blue on May 8th.
Read more in Labour's #greenplan here, and Caroline Flint’s Twitter interview with Greenpeace’s @Energydesk on Friday 24th April.
There’s just hours to go in the most important election in a generation. This election is a straight choice between five more years of the Tories, or a Labour Government....
Labour has set out how it will create an energy market that works for consumers, overhaul the delivery of energy efficiency to provide improved value for money for taxpayers and bill-payers, and generate potential savings of £38 million a year from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in addition to one-off savings of £10 million over the Parliament, by cutting wasteful costs from nuclear decommissioning whilst maintaining a premium on safety.
Labour also announces that in Government, it will conduct an urgent review of the rollout of the smart meter programme, ensuring that bill payers get value for money, and that decisions are taken to unblock delays and ensure much-needed progress. This follows delays under this Government which threaten to increase the £10.9 billion costs of the programme, and stall progress against the target for all homes and businesses to have smart meters installed by 2020.
The savings were published in the 15th interim report as part of Labour’s Zero-Based Review of every pound spent by government. They include:
- Replacing the Energy Company Obligation with a levy on energy companies to fund local area-based energy efficiency programmes for 200,000 households in or at risk of fuel poverty a year;
- Scrapping the Government’s wasteful £300 million Green Deal Home Improvements Fund and switching this spending to help provide up to 1 million interest-free loans for energy efficiency in the next Parliament;
- Saving approximately £24 million a year by ending lucrative consultancy arrangements and bearing down on executive pay deals and fees under the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority;
- Saving a minimum of £14 million a year by reducing administration costs across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in line with those of other public bodies that rely on commercial expertise or manage complex commercial contracts; and
- Carrying out an urgent value for money review to raise £10 million over the next Parliament through the sale of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s non-essential assets, such as non-operational land and properties.
Labour will build a strong economic foundation by balancing the books and cutting the deficit every year, with a surplus on the current budget and national debt falling as soon as possible in the next Parliament.
The interim Zero-Based Review of the Department of Energy and Climate Change shows how the Tory-led coalition has failed to stand up to the big energy companies, tackle fuel poverty and cold homes, secure greater investment in energy, and ensure value for money from every part of the Department.
Caroline Flint said: “Under the Tories’ failing plan, energy bills are £300 a year higher. Labour has a better plan to help more households improve their energy efficiency and to ensure the smart meter rollout genuinely works for consumers and delivers value for money.
“Labour’s interim Zero-Based Review identifies potential annual savings of £38 million from the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s budget, in addition to one-off savings of £10 million over the next Parliament. Tackling the UK’s long-term nuclear waste safely and effectively will remain an absolute priority under a Labour Government. However, we will get a grip on costs at the NDA and end the era of lucrative management consultancy costs and fees. And we will consider whether it is necessary for the NDA to continue to sit on a portfolio of surplus land and properties, eating up staff time and costs which could be better used elsewhere.”
The document is available here, alongside other interim Zero-Based Reviews.
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