Labour is to set out how the UK can move to a carbon-neutral future in order to tackle the unfolding climate crisis and create hundreds of thousands of high-skilled, unionised green jobs.
Trade unionists and industry leaders will come together tomorrow with academics, engineers and public institutions to build detailed regional plans setting out the problems and opportunities ahead.
The proposal will be outlined by the shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey. It will involve a national call for evidence on climate change and a series of regional events to build “a detailed action plan” to maximise the benefits of moving to a zero-carbon future.
Long-Bailey said “We believe that together, we can transform the UK through a green jobs revolution, tackling the environmental crisis in a way that brings hope and prosperity back to parts of the UK that have been held back for too long.”
She went on to say that a future Labour government would oversee an “economic revolution” to tackle the climate crisis, using the full power of the government to decarbonise the economy and create hundreds of thousands of green jobs in struggling towns and cities across the UK.
Labour says a key part of its plan will be to ensure a “transition” to high quality green jobs for those currently working in carbon-emitting industries. To do that it will have to persuade trade union backers, who represent those in high-carbon industries, that there is a viable economic alternative in zero-carbon jobs.
The party hopes that once the evidence has been collected it will form the basis of a green paper to be published in autumn 2019 at party conference, with plans for how each region might move to a decarbonised future.
Last year a UN report said there were only 12 years left to avoid the worst impacts of climate breakdown. And this week a report said climate change posed a “systemic risk” to the economy and society similar to that of the 2008 financial crash.