In effect the report abandons the 2030 decarbonisation target mandated by Conference (unmentioned). In several places it embraces the net-zero 2050 target or policies in line with it. The level of ambition is majorly reduced from Labour's 2019 manifesto.
It may sound a lot but the report doesn't call for much new spending. Largely, it's about 'bringing forward' capital investment already committed by Sunak.
Compare that with 2019 Labour's 10-year £250bn green transformation fund.
Last year Labour had a transformational policy to insulate all 27m UK homes by 2030. Creates 250,000 jobs, saves families £416/year, cuts carbon emissions by 10% & eradicates fuel poverty.
Now Labour has abandoned this demand & asks for 7 million homes by 2030
Commitments to public ownership of energy, water & broadband were at the heart of the 2019 conference motion, manifesto & member submissions.
None is mentioned in this report.
proposals for publicly-owned windfarms, creating 70,000 jobs and benefitting coastal communities, axed
1.75m solar panels supplying free energy for working-class homes, axed
public ownership of energy grid, axed
The demands are vague and unsubstantive. Nothing on free bus travels for <25s or restoring cut bus routes, let alone the expansion of free public transport we really need. Nothing on moving away from car culture. https://tribunemag.co.uk/2019/08/make-public-transport-free
Simply a call for the Government to bring forward its own investment plans. No mention of nationalisation of Openreach or free broadband access as a human right. https://tribunemag.co.uk/2020/05/why-free-public-broadband-was-a-good-idea
The pandemic has demonstrated how fundamental the internet is to our lives, but private companies continue to rip us off while providing poor service – it's time to think again about free public...https://tribunemag.co.uk/2020/05/why-free-public-broadband-was-a-good-idea
Labour had existing plans for 320,000 climate apprenticeships which could be accelerated. They go unmentioned, in favour of vague demands.
Windfall tax on Big Polluters to finance a Just Transition fund is not included. https://www.itv.com/news/2019-11-18/jeremy-corbyn-320-000-climate-apprenticeships-to-help-green-economy
Labour has promised to create a climate apprenticeship programme which will train an average of 80,000 people a year.https://www.itv.com/news/2019-11-18/jeremy-corbyn-320-000-climate-apprenticeships-to-help-green-economy
Nothing on winding down the Big Polluters or a just transition away from fossil fuels & aviation, despite a prominent campaign by LGND this year.
Can't be a green recovery if you're just relying on technological solutions to these! https://tribunemag.co.uk/2020/05/its-time-for-labour-to-be-bold-on-the-airline-crisis
Coronavirus has cratered the airline industry, and its executives have responded by attacking workers. Labour needs a bold response – now is the time to argue for public ownership to save jobs and...https://tribunemag.co.uk/2020/05/its-time-for-labour-to-be-bold-on-the-airline-crisis
There is a much-trumpeted call to mandate climate risk disclosures. But Labour's 2019 threat to delist those failing the test is gone. No regulatory threat replaces it. https://labour.org.uk/press/labour-to-go-after-the-banks-and-hedge-funds-financing-climate-change/
Finally the plan resolutely ignores members' and unions' democratically-expressed demands, formally Labour's policy. Conference motion isn't mentioned, nor is the fact that over 2/3 of submissions were in support of LGND proposals.
But if it's being labelled as a 'green recovery plan' or 'Green New Deal' - we're clear it doesn't live up to the science, climate justice or to party democracy.
Labour was (briefly) the Party of Climate. At this rate, not for long!