In the forthcoming UK general election, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has reacted to renewable pledges made by the major political parties. The organisation, citing a "lack of detail" across the board, responded to commitments made by the Conservative Party, the Labor Party and the Liberal Democrats.
Union, the left-wing party of the United Kingdom, has vowed to bring about a' Green Industrial Revolution,' arguing that this general election is about living standards struggle and climate emergency. Labour promises in its manifesto:"... Labour must kick-start a Green Industrial Revolution that will generate one million jobs in the United Kingdom to change our manufacturing, power, transport, food and our housing while preserving nature." The main green policies of the group include the creation of 7,000 new offshore wind turbines, 2,000 new onshore wind turbines, enough solar panels to cover 22,000 football fields. There is no indication, however, of investments in biomass or biogas.
Commenting on the Labor Manifesto, REA Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska, CBE FEI, said: "Labour's Manifesto reflects the extent of systemic system change that the REA and the broader industry have been calling for. We welcome the momentum and the essence of it is renewable energy and clean technology.
"The breadth and depth of their policies on sustainability and green energies would see a complete transformation of the energy system grounded in political and fiscal responsibility, real optimism and unprecedented dedication to change alone. The commitment of one million green jobs, climate apprenticeships and scholarships for BAME and women alone demonstrates the dedication of Labor to ensure the vast renewable economic opportunities that exist throughout the United Kingdom.
"There are areas, however, in which the manifesto is short. In particular, we urge Labor to use all available technologies for decarbonization, including bioenergy technologies, which currently provide most of renewable heat and transportation. Certain critical fields lacking sufficient detail include waste management and soil and natural resources conservation.
As time goes on, Labor must be able to ensure that achieving our net-zero targets takes precedence over reorganizing the energy sector.' Back in June 2019, the Conservative Party, a right-wing UK party currently in government, set a' world-leading' goal of reducing emissions to virtually zero by 2050. The Conservative Party has, broadly speaking, assisted a' boom' in wind energy and is planning to reach 40GW by 2030 by allowing new floating wind farms. Investment in carbon capture as well as fuel for the manufacture of hydrogen and nuclear energy is also expected.
Also, Dr Skorupska said: "In the Tory Manifesto, there are policies that can fully support the green and sustainable technology industry that, if implemented, can move the UK towards our net-zero targets.
"The manifesto addresses several important issues, including reaffirming their commitment to net zero, outlining plans to reaffirm the UK as a global leader in climate change mitigation through COP26, improving energy efficiency, and addressing plastic waste.
"However, the Conservative Manifesto lacks the specificity, commitment and wholesale structures that the sector has been calling for, several key components to achieving net-zero. Despite being fundamental elements of the Conservative's landmark Environment Bill, resource efficiency, food waste collections and support for local authorities in tackling climate change are not mentioned. Likewise, despite being one of the biggest challenges and major contributors to carbon emissions in the UK, the manifesto lacks information on any proposals to decarbonize water.
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