14 April 2015
The Labour Party has launched its manifesto promising that it will pursue "a green economy" should it come into power.
The manifesto states: "We will work to make Britain a world leader in low-carbon technologies over the next decade, creating a million additional green jobs.
"This aim will be supported by ambitious domestic carbon reduction targets, including a legal target to remove the carbon from our electricity supply by 2030, and a major drive for energy efficiency."
The document also says Labour would "guarantee every school leaver that gets the grades an apprenticeship".
It pledges that the party would create thousands more apprenticeships in the public sector, including the civil service. "Every firm getting a major government contract, and every large employer hiring skilled workers from outside the EU, will be required to offer apprenticeships," it says.
Furthermore, it vows that a Labour government would raise the National Minimum Wage to more than £8 an hour by October 2019, ban exploitative zero-hours contracts and promote the Living Wage.
The Environmental Industries Commission welcomed the announcement that a future Labour government would pursue "an industrial strategy for the green economy".
EIC's executive director Matthew Farrow said: "It is heartening that Labour recognises the potential of the green economy, and the importance of using government policy to create a stable investment framework. The strategy needs to cover the full range of environmental business, including for example air pollution control and contaminated land remediation, and should include joint work with the green business sector to identify and access the enormous export opportunities our members are targeting."
But Farrow said it was "disappointing, though, that with the UK's ability to meet the 2020 target of 50 per cent recycling increasingly in doubt, there is no mention in the manifesto of waste management and resource efficiency".