Composite 16 was debated along with composite 17 and was moved by Fylde CLP and seconded by New Forest West CLP

Conference notes:

We face a climate catastrophe; time is running out to ensure a sustainable future for our planet,

  • Combatting climate breakdown is not just a moral issue, but an economic one for communities and workers across the UK.
  • To prevent the worst effects of climate change, we must keep global temperature rises below 1.5°C.
  • Over 1°C of warming has taken place, causing floods, droughts, heatwaves, pollution, and hundreds of thousands of deaths. The poorest – particularly in the Global South – suffer most. Tackling climate change is thus indivisible from social, racial and economic justice.
  • Just 100 companies are responsible for the majority of carbon emissions; and the Conservative government is deregulating the fossil fuel industry and cutting support for renewables.
  • The Tory government’s failure tact on climate change – cutting support for green energy, pursuing fracking and failing to tackle air pollution
  • Labour has supported millions of school students who have participated in the global climate change strikes. Young Labour must be given adequate resources to take a leading role in this movement.

Conference believes:

  • We must ensure the costs of decarbonisation are borne by the wealthiest through progressive taxation and investment – not household energy bills
  • With the right industrial strategy and political will, decarbonisation can produce vast numbers of well-paid, skilled jobs in communities held back and left behind through large-scale investment in renewables
  • Trade unions and communities must be at the heart of a reinvigorated industrial strategy, with energy workers playing the leading role in shaping a just transition ta low carbon economy
  • A Green New Deal is therefore now a demand we must make.
  • Conference therefore calls on the Labour Party to include a Green Industrial Revolution in the manifesto a state-led programme of investment and regulation, based on public ownership, public investment and democratic control, for the decarbonisation and transformation of our economy that reduces inequality and pursues efforts to keep global average temperature rises below 1.5°C.

In power Labour will:

  • Have a comprehensive plan that leads the world in bold climate targets to the latest IPCC expert advice to keep global average temperature below 1.5c.
  • In collaboration with the trade union movement and the scientific community, work towards a path of net zero carbon emissions within keeping of the IPCC advice including to keep global average temperature rises below 1.5C by reinstating subsidies for renewable energy industries and rapidly phasing out fossil fuels in keeping with the Labour manifesto pledge of a complete and immediate ban on fracking.
  • Oversee a just transition, increasing the number of well-paid, unionised green jobs in the UK through public ownership of energy, creating an integrated, democratic system large-scale investment in renewables
  • Ambitious actions to reduce emissions in building and waste and low-carbon energy.
  • Repeal all anti-union laws, facilitating worker-led activism over social and political issues, including climate change.
  • Ensure the costs of decarbonisation are borne by the wealthiest through progressive taxation, not working people and their families through household bills;
  • Take transport into public ownership and invest in expanded, integrated, free or cheaper green public transport that connects Britain
  • Tackle fuel poverty and assure everyone’s basic rights through the provision of universal services;
  • Invest in skills through a proactive education and skills strategy to meet the needs of the low-carbon economy;
  • Build and retrofit council housing and public buildings ta zero-carbon target
  • Remove legislation that requires UK Governments to maximise economic recovery of oil and gas, which is inimical with our Paris and net-zero targets.
  • Introduce Committee on Climate Change-advised and Treasury-overseen, departmental and cross-departmental carbon budgets, and conduct a climate emergency spending review assessing all expenditure and projects through a carbon lens, that delivers zero-carbon and bringing systemic change.
  • Affirm that Local Government has a vital role to play in this global challenge from building sustainable council housing to improving air quality, ensuring recycling levels to stopping the use of herbicides in valued greenspaces and much more;
  • Adopt an internationalist approach to tackling the climate emergency, and cooperate fully with our European neighbours to win this battle;
  • Support developing countries’ climate transitions through free or cheap transfers of finance, technology and capacity;
  • Welcome climate refugees while taking measures against the displacement of peoples from their homes;
  • Measure all emissions, not just those produced on UK soil.
  • Create a National Climate Service embracing energy democracy and new public sector climate jobs in sustainable public transport, retrofitting, training, renewable energy, agriculture and waste recycling.
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