Labour to reach out to next generation in climate change review

Meg Hillier, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has today announce Labour’s green policy review during a visit to Teesside.


Meg Hillier said;

“It is the British promise that the next generation should always do better than the last. Nowhere is that promise more under threat than with climate change. It is our responsibility to tackle climate change together with the next generation because they will live with the consequences of our decisions for years to come.


“Tackling climate change isn't just about avoiding disaster but also ensuring we have a prosperous future and a fair one. Our policy review will embody our values, and look at how we create jobs for young people, protect the vulnerable, and stand up for the many."


Labour’s energy and climate change review will reach out to NGOs, businesses, charities and academics. It will cover aspects including: how the UK shows international leadership; government’s role in creating green growth, jobs and skills; and how to encourage people and communities to lead greener and better lives.


Meg Hillier visited Teesside University  to talk about the UK’s green future.


She continued;

“The North East has huge potential to benefit from a green economy, through new green industry and jobs.


 “We stand at the start of a potential green industrial revolution in which Britain could lead the way in new technology, manufacturing and green industry. We must enable our business to compete with China which is targeting clean energy industries.”

 “This week we’ve had the Tory-led Government’s so called green growth week but all we have seen is more talk and no plan for growth. The Green Investment Bank is still a promise that is undelivered. And we have seen dither and delay on a range of green policies.”




Notes to editors:

The policy review will be looking at three key areas:

GREEN FUTURES: Climate change policy cannot work in isolation. Government has a role to play internationally to secure international action and help other countries.
     What is the vision for a low carbon future, what does a low-carbon UK look like in 2050?
     What role should the UK play internationally in its responsibilities to developing countries and place globally?

GREEN ECONOMY: As the UK moves towards a low-carbon future..
     How do we support green jobs and green industry? What role can the Government play in supporting economic growth in green sectors?
     How can we make energy sustainable and affordable for the long term? What are the future industry challenges and opportunities?
     How do we make energy work for the consumer?

GREEN HOMES & COMMUNITIES : Everyone has a role to play in cutting emissions and helping move to a low carbon future.
     How do we make green living easier? How can we and how should we change our behaviour?
     What role can communities play in energy efficiency? How do we create sustainable communities?
     How do we end fuel poverty and make fuel fairer?