Posted on: 13/09/2016
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to set a target of generating 65% of the UK’s electricity from renewables by 2030 if he wins the next General Election.
His energy and environment manifesto also included promises to reinstate the Department of Energy & Climate Change, ban fracking for shale gas, and create 300,000 jobs in the renewables sector.
Corbyn also wants to “empower” community energy companies and cooperatives and introduce a national home insulation plan that would cover at least four million houses.
He added that he wanted an energy policy “for the 60 million, not the big six”.
Smith hits back
Corbyn’s leadership challenger, Owen Smith, hit back and said: “It’s impossible for Jeremy Corbyn to speak with credibility on environmental policy.
“He’s called for the reintroduction of deeply damaging open-cast coal mining, only had one meeting with his shadow environment team in nine months as leader, and didn’t utter a word of protest when Theresa May scrapped the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
“By failing to campaign effectively for Britain to remain in the European Union, and by calling for article 50 to be invoked immediately, he has put vital environmental protections at further risk.”
> Read Corbyn's manifesto