Ed Miliband is expected to tell the conference that Labor will be the party of “climate and economic justice together” as he lays out his plans to help UK manufacturers win “the global race” to decarbonize.
Addressing the party’s annual meeting on Sunday afternoon, the first in-person conference since 2019, the Shadow Business Secretary will announce a ten-year investment pledge of £ 3 billion to green the steel industry.
“As we respond to the climate crisis with all the transformations that it entails, we have a fateful choice to make. We can try to put a coat of green paint on an unjust, unequal and unjust Britain, ”Miliband is about to say.
“Or we can make a different choice – for a green Britain where there is an irreversible transfer of income, power and wealth to working people. A green Britain where we provide good, secure, unionized jobs to people across the country.
“A green Britain where there is clean air and green spaces for everyone across our country. A green Britain where there is warm, affordable housing for everyone, wherever they live and where we are eliminating fuel poverty.
Miliband will argue that the opposition party’s plans for industry, working with UK steelmakers, would support businesses, workers and unions to put steel at the heart of a national industrial strategy.
“I know what choice we have to make. Britain needs a fairer economy. Britain needs a green industrial revolution. Britain needs a new green deal. This is the cause for which I came back to fight, ”he should say.
“Our party cannot, does not want, must not run away from the fight for climate justice. It is therefore our historical responsibility. To be together the party of climate and economic justice.
The shadow business secretary will criticize the Tories for failing to invest in the transition to a green economy over the past decade, and tell the conference Labor would avoid a repeat of the ‘unfair transition’ of the 1980s.
The UK government, along with many others, has pledged to achieve net zero by 2050, which means cutting emissions as much as possible and offsetting the rest, but has been criticized for not matching the ambition to action.
Ministers launched the Green Jobs Task Force, made up of industry figures, experts and unions, in November last year after Boris Johnson unveiled his ten-point low-carbon plan. He released a report earlier this year.
The recommendations included the creation of a new national organization to help shape the transition to a green economy, the establishment of a “launching pad for green caregivers” and the publication of a comprehensive zero net strategy ahead of the summit. COP26.
Labor presented a plan for a clean economy focused on Britain’s manufacturing sector last November, calling for a rapid stimulus package of at least £ 30bn over an 18-month period with funding dedicated to low-income industries. carbon emission.
Miliband’s speech at Sunday’s conference also follows the party’s pledges to invest in electric battery factories, charging infrastructure, and interest-free loans for low- and middle-income households to boost auto manufacturing and employment.
He laid out his vision for a green economic recovery from the pandemic in a speech earlier this year, calling for an “electric vehicle revolution” making electric car ownership an affordable option for everyone.
Commenting ahead of Sunday’s speech, Labor for a Green New Deal president and co-founder Chris Saltmarsh said: “It’s fantastic to hear Labor build a vision around a green new deal, but it has to underpin words with policies.
“If they want to achieve climate and economic justice together, Labor leaders can go further and set plans that span the economy and are built on public ownership.
“As today’s new polls show, a majority of the public supports the renationalization of our energy companies. This is the perfect opportunity to build on this support and implement a unifying and ambitious agenda for climate justice. “
The Shadow Secretary of State will also describe the current gas price crisis, which has seen several energy companies collapse under rising prices, as a “disaster on Downing Street” due to complacency and inaction. of the government.
He called on ministers last week to reverse the universal credit cut, which is due to take effect next month, in light of rising bills and warned that half a million families would fall into poverty due a planned 12% price cap increase. .