“ A strong commitment to decarbonisation would provide a boost to green business and help create jobs. Tackling climate change is an economic opportunity as well as vital for the future of our planet.”
Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, gave a statement of support on Saturday to the East London Green Jobs Alliance and UK Youth Climate Coalition in their call for the creation of green jobs for young people, and a strong Energy Bill.
What is the Energy Bill and how does it relate to Green Jobs?
Right now the Energy Bill is going through the House of Commons. A group of MPs—led by Conservative MP Tim Yeo, but backed by MPs from both the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties—are calling on the Government to listen to the advice of the Climate Change Committee (a body created by the 2008 Climate Change Act to provide impartial evidence as the basis of policy and lawmaking) and restore its legal powers to set targets.
Importantly, this means setting a de-carbonisation target of 50gCO2/kWh by 2030 for the electricity sector. This is the target required for the UK to meet its legally binding carbon emissions reduction targets. But, crucially, it’s also the target that gives the signal to green industries (such as renewable energy companies) that it is safe to invest in the UK. Without the target, companies remain wary about pouring their pennies into these sectors, and without investment the job market in these sectors will not grow.
In other words decarbonisation target = green light to green industries = more green jobs.
For the Green Jobs amendment to pass, all Labour MPs, backbench Lib Dems and a few Conservative MPs will have to vote in favour of it.