Labour manifesto pledges huge steps to tackle climate change

The Labour Party has pledged to create one million green jobs if it wins power in December’s general election.

As part of a radical manifesto that aims squarely at tackling climate change, the party says the jobs will come through the energy sector, retrofitting UK homes, insulation upgrades, and offshore wind and carbon capture developments.

Speaking ahead of the manifesto’s launch, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “This election is the last opportunity to take the vital action to head off runaway climate change.

“The next Labour government will lead the world in tackling the climate and environmental emergency with a plan to create a low-carbon economy with well-paid jobs we can be proud of.

“Labour will bring the country together to face a common challenge and mobilise all our national resources, both financial and human, to kickstart a green industrial revolution.

“Just as the original industrial revolution brought cutting edge industry and jobs to our towns, Labour’s world-leading green industrial revolution will create rewarding, well-paid jobs and whole new industries to revive parts of our country that have been neglected for too long.”

With the green economy valued at $4tn globally Labour says it wants British workers to be at the forefront of new opportunities, and estimate 98,000 jobs will be created by building 7,000 offshore and 2,000 onshore wind turbines, while 450,000 jobs will be generated by upgrading every home in Britain by 2030 with measures that tackle energy emissions.

Meanwhile, hydrogen production focused in Yorkshire and the Humber and the north-east would create 26,500 jobs and 195,000 jobs from electric car production, the party says.

Additionally, 25,000 people could be employed by the construction of nine new recycling plants.