- The sector would welcome firm policies setting out a Labour Government’s vision for renewables and clean technology, rather than seeing the party tied to arbitrary spending figures.
- Growing the economy and delivering net zero go hand in hand.
- Disappointing to see Labour row back ambitions for a plan that will attract investment into the UK’s renewable energy and clean technology sectors.
The REA (Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology) is dismayed with comments made today by Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer, who announced a scaling back of Labour’s green investment pledges.
Rather than debating arbitrary spending figures, the REA is urging the Labour party to focus on setting out a firm policy platform the sector can get behind. It is no secret that transitioning the UK to a 100% renewable energy and clean technology system by 2050 will deliver net zero, boost the economy and create jobs.
Labour’s announcement today will make the decision to invest in UK renewable energy and clean technology a more difficult one, at a time when the sector has been calling for political guidance and clarity.
Dr. Nina Skorupska CBE, REA CEO (Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology) said:
“While we need to see more details, it is of course disappointing to see the dropping of Labour’s landmark spending pledge, but we are at least encouraged that the ambition remains in place to tackle our pressing environmental problems and associated societal and economic costs of these.
In the longer term, the only way out of the energy crisis and high costs associated with this, is ending our reliance on volatile imported fossil fuels by moving to renewables and clean technologies.”