Labour Councils make clean energy pledge

The leaders of more than 60 Labour Councils have signed a pledge to make their towns and cities "100% clean" by 2050. 

The pledge has been coordinated by Shadow Energy Lisa Nandy means these councils will strive to ensure they use cleaner energy supplies, greener transport systems, and insulate homes. 

It promises: “We have the ambition of making all our towns and cities across the UK 100% clean before 2050, in line with the commitments made nationally and internationally at the Paris Summit.” 

The signatories include the leaders of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds city councils.

“Where Labour is in power we will push for a clean energy boom even if the Government will not,” said Ms Nandy.

“Ministers say they support devolution to our towns and cities so they should back these council leaders by ending their attack on the schemes that can help to make this safer, cleaner future a reality.” 

The leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake, who co-authored the pledge, added: “We’re making this promise not just because it’s good for the planet but because it is good for the people we serve. The people who live in our towns and cities deserve warm homes, secure energy, to breathe clean air, drink clean water and live in a place they can be proud of. I hope other council leaders will join us.” 

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues