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Jeremy Corbyn to announce Labour's 'green jobs revolution' with thousands more windfarms and a solar panel on every 'viable roof'

The i logo The i 25/09/2018 Nigel Morris

a man wearing glasses © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Thousands more wind farms would be built on land and at sea and a solar panel fitted to every “viable roof” by a Labour government as part of a “green jobs revolution” to be promised today by Jeremy Corbyn.

Closing his party’s conference in Liverpool, the Labour leader will commit himself to a doubling of onshore wind turbines and a seven-fold rise in offshore wind generation if he becomes Prime Minister.

His plans - which also include a massive programme of home insulation and a boost to electricity generated by solar energy - would be part of a drive to cut Britain’s net carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2030 and to zero by 2050.

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Mr Corbyn will seek to draw a line under the clashes over Brexit policy and anti-Semitism which have overshadowed the conference by fleshing out his alternative economic programme.

His promised green revolution would create more than 400,000 jobs, including 160,000 from the home insulation programme, he will tell delegates.

The moves imply the number of onshore windfarms could rise under Labour from 7,000 to 14,000 over 12 years, while the number of offshore turbines would leap to more than 12,000.

Solar panels

Labour’s plans also envisage solar panels fitted “on all viable UK roofs” by 2030. Mr Corbyn will tell delegates: “There is no bigger threat facing humanity than climate change. We must lead by example.

“Our energy plans would make Britain the only developed country outside Scandinavia to be on track to meet our climate change obligations.”

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Huge expansion of wind generation is likely to run into opposition in many areas, prompting claims that rural landscapes are being scarred.

But Labour insists radical action is needed to enable Britain to get plans to reduce carbon emissions back on course.

Party sources last night stressed that local people would be involved in planning decisions and argued that many communities backed wind generation schemes.

His proposals would require changes to the planning system to reverse a near-ban on new wind farms introduced by the government three years ago.

Corbyn will seek to draw a line under the clashes over Brexit policy and anti-Semitism which have overshadowed the conference by fleshing out his alternative economic programme. © getty Corbyn will seek to draw a line under the clashes over Brexit policy and anti-Semitism which have overshadowed the conference by fleshing out his alternative economic programme. Labour believes it could finance the move by making it more attractive for the private sector to invest in wind generation.

The insulation programme would be financed by a £12.8bn fund which would cover the full cost for lower income families and interest-free loans to better-off households.

Going after greed

In his speech, Mr Corbyn will denounce the “greed-is-good, deregulated financial capitalism” which “came crashing to earth, with devastating consequences for millions of people” during the 2008-09 financial crash.

He will argue that Britain is still living with the consequences of boardroom greed, which has fuelled growing inequality across the UK. And he will argue: “Unless we offer radical solutions, others will fill the gap with the politics of blame and division.”

Mr Corbyn will add: “People in this country know - they showed that in June last year - that the old way of running things isn’t working any more.

“That’s why Labour is offering a radical plan to rebuild and transform Britain.”

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