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Labour party backs 2030 decarbonisation target

Manifesto commitment announced at offshore wind event

The next Labour manifesto will include a commitment to decarbonise the UK’s electricity supply by 2030, the shadow energy minister, Tom Greatrex, announced yesterday.

Speaking at RenewableUK’s annual offshore wind conference in Manchester, he said Labour would "continue to push for a 2030 target" that would offer long-term certainty to the renewable energy sector.

An amendment to the Energy Bill, setting a 2030 decarbonisation target, was narrowly defeated in the House of Commons last week. An attempt will be made to re-introduce the amendment in the House of Lords.

"If we don't get that target set in the Energy Bill, it will be in Labour’s manifesto for the next general election," added Greatrex. The government’s current position is that the issue should be re-examined in 2016.

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