The Green Party has set out how to radically transform society in the face of the current climate emergency in its report on The Green New Deal in the North West.
Published on 29 October by North West Green Party MEP, Gina Dowding, the report identified five key areas in which critical change is needed. These are renewable energy supply; energy efficient buildings; sustainable transport; a zero-carbon, circular economy; and land use, food and biodiversity.
It made a series of recommendations for actions to take looking ahead, including the establishment of a northern Just Transition Commission; the reversal of the de facto ban on onshore wind; and the development of a UK-leading green hydrogen economy focused on electrolysis. It also called for new incentives for small-scale solar PV to be launched; for energy saving to become a national priority; and for the new North West Local Energy Hub to be used to prioritise community energy and public ownership.
Commenting on the report, Dowding set out how it was key to “lead from the front” and tackle climate challenges head on. Dowding said: “The Green New Deal will do just that, helping us to move to a more sustainable, zero-carbon society, decarbonisation the economy while creating new jobs, improving health and wellbeing, whilst tackling inequality and redistributing wealth after years of austerity.”