Thursday 21 November 2019 / 8:00 AM Climate Change / Economy / Jeremy Corbyn

Labour to create one million green jobs to tackle climate change and reboot British industry

Today Labour’s manifesto will unveil a plan to create one million good new jobs to tackle the climate emergency, reboot British industry and end rampant inequality.

Labour’s plan will bring new wealth to the UK’s regions and nations, which have been starved of investment following a lost decade of Conservative austerity and Tory deindustrialisation in the 1980s.

Labour has already set out detailed plans to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in upgrading the nation’s homes, rolling out offshore wind at scale and kick starting an electric vehicle revolution.

Additional jobs unveiled in the 2019 manifesto including those in carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen, tidal energy, the expansion of port infrastructure, tree planting, flood defences and plastics recycling.

The global green economy is currently valued at $4 trillion, and is projected to grow to $9 trillion in value by 2030. Labour’s plans will put UK companies and workers in pole position to benefit from the new economy.

Under plans already announced during this election campaign, Labour will make sure people are able to access these jobs by creating 320,000 climate apprenticeships and giving everyone the right to upskill and retrain throughout their lives, including in higher level technical qualifications.

Speaking ahead of the manifesto launch, Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn said:

“This election is the last opportunity to take the vital action to head off runaway climate change.

“The next Labour government will lead the world in tackling the climate and environmental emergency with a plan to create a low-carbon economy with well-paid jobs we can be proud of.

“Labour will bring the country together to face a common challenge and mobilise all our national resources, both financial and human, to kick-start a Green Industrial Revolution.

“Just as the original Industrial Revolution brought cutting edge industry and jobs to our towns, Labour’s world-leading Green Industrial Revolution will create rewarding, well-paid jobs and whole new industries to revive parts of our country that have been neglected for too long.”