Ed Miliband is the “greenest leader of the Labour party to date”, according to the head of an environmental campaigning charity.
Friends of the Earth executive director Andy Atkins said: “Ed Miliband genuinely understands that tackling global warming is essential. Developing a low-carbon future and protecting the planet’s natural diversity must be at the core of his leadership.
“With an Energy Bill on the way, he will have an early chance to establish Labour as a constructive opposition on climate change, ready to challenge the coalition to implement ambitious carbon-cutting policies.”
Miliband, who was the first to receive the portfolio for energy and climate change in 2008, set out plans for 15% energy from renewable sources by 2020 in the 2009 Renewables Action Plan. The document included models for 12% of UK heat to be provided by biomass and biogas sources, and the provision of 18% of the Labour Government’s renewable energy target from all wood and food waste currently sent to landfill.