Whitelee Wind Farm l eltpics (Flickr.com)
Whitelee Wind Farm l eltpics (Flickr.com)

Over the four days of the Labour party Conference, I saw first-hand the support and enthusiasm for Labour’s policies on energy, education, housing and much more. 

The climate crisis and nature emergency are getting more urgent every day. The current energy price crisis only underlines the need to transform our energy system as quickly as possible. 

Britain is living through a moment of profound change. It needs a government that can deliver an economy that works for everyone, delivering the jobs and growth of the future. There is growing optimism about a Labour government. We have a plan ready to tackle the problems we face today. 

While the failed trickle-down ideology of the Tories has locked Britain out of growth, Keir Starmer has a plan for growth and wants to see all our regions benefit. Bristol and all other parts of the UK can contribute to the jobs and growth of the future as we deliver net zero. 

Labour’s plan for clean power by 2030 

The British people are sick and tired of rocketing energy bills and want long-term solutions to cut costs. That is why the central mission of the Labour government will be to turn the UK into a clean energy superpower. 

The next Labour government will launch an urgent mission for a fossil fuel-free electricity system by 2030, making the UK a clean energy superpower, exporting clean power to the rest of the world. This would save UK households £93 billion over the rest of this decade. 

To achieve this target, by 2030 a Labour government would: 

  1. Quadruple offshore wind with an ambition of 55GW by 2030; 
  2. Accelerate the floating offshore wind technology by fast-tracking at least 5GW of capacity;
  3. More than triple solar power to over 50GW; 
  4. More than double our onshore wind capacity to 35GW; 
  5. Ensure the long-term security of nuclear power, extending the lifetime of existing plants and backing new nuclear and Small Modular Reactors; 
  6. Invest in carbon capture and storage and hydrogen; 
  7. Double down on green hydrogen, with 10GW of production; 
  8. Unleash marine and tidal power; 
  9. Reform planning laws and build out the grid; and 
  10. Manage existing oil and gas wells sustainably, while putting a stop to new oil and gas licences and continuing to oppose fracking. 
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