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Labour promises a million green jobs

The Labour party has pledged to create a million new high-technology green jobs by 2025 if it wins power at next year’s general election.

The promise is among those detailed in a summary of key policies published ahead of the party’s election manifesto.

The report, Changing Britain Together, states an aim to make the UK a “world leader in low carbon technology and green jobs”.

“When we open new renewable energy sites, we want to see British manufacturing companies producing the plants, equipment and technology that make them possible,” it said.

The party plans to achieve this by setting a statutory target for decarbonising electricity by 2030 and by strengthening the Green Investment Bank with borrowing powers.

The report also states the party will produce a new plan for climate change adaptation.

However, it does not mention specific policies aimed at increasing resource efficiency and recycling in the UK.

The party has submitted the report for public consultation. It will then hold round-table discussions with shadow cabinet members and use the feedback to draft its 2015 manifesto.

 

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