Business and Energy Secretary critical of Labour 2030 target

Labour’s pledge to reach net zero by 2030 has been criticised by Business and Energy Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, when speaking at the Conservative Party Conference.

Labelling it as “total tosh” when speaking on 30 September, Leadsom claimed it was a “perfect example of Labour promising something they can’t deliver and don’t understand”.  Leadsom added that she agreed with the GMB Union’s assessment that it was “utterly unachievable” and would threaten whole communities and jobs.

Contrasting Labour’s pledges to the government’s, Leadsom assured it was her department’s first priority to “lead the world in tackling climate change” and that they were “working out the path to achieving net zero emissions by 2050”. Leadsom also suggested there could be 2mn jobs in the low carbon sector by 2030.