“So in Salford we need to be telling people that by tackling climate change we can have a factory that is going to create wind turbines, is going to manufacture parts for offshore wind and show them that their child in the local school can become an engineer, that they will get proper pay and be in a job that is secure, well valued, with trade unions involved so they have that security and a collective voice,”
Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary and MP for Salford Rebecca Long Bailey, in an interview for the Guardian has laid out that a future Labour Government would oversee an economic revolution to tackle the climate crisis, using the full power of the state to decarbonise the economy and create hundreds of thousands of green jobs in struggling towns and cities.
“If you knocked on a door in Salford, where I am from, although most people care about climate change it is not going to be top of their list of priorities. Most people just want to know how their life is going to be improved.“
The party is proposing that the UK will obtain sixty per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and the country will be carbon neutral twenty years later.
Among the targets, a Labour Government would increase the UK’s installed offshore wind capacity sevenfold,bring all 24m homes in the UK up to the highest efficiency standard and triple the UK’s installed solar capacity.
However Long Bailey says that the Labour Party has more ambitious proposals telling the paper “This is about so much more than just the energy supply, it is about developing the supply chains and the manufacturing base so we can export our expertise around the world.”