Greenpeace response to Labour’s watered down Green Prosperity Plan

In response to the publication of the Labour party’s Green Prosperity Plan, which has scaled back its £28bn a year green investment pledge by around 80%, Greenpeace UK’s co-executive director, Areeba Hamid, said:

“Starmer’s caved like a house of cards in the wind. Labour’s diluted prosperity plan has gone from £28bn a year extra in vital green investment to less than £5bn. Yet climate action, including borrowing to invest in warmer homes, remains hugely popular among voters. It would be ironic indeed if Labour’s attempt to make their manifesto ‘bombproof’ from Tory attack ended up just bombing on the doorstep instead.

“As well as scaling the investment back by around 80%, just a fraction will be spent on insulating homes, and not even a penny will be spent on public transport. These are two of the sectors in greatest need of new government investment to seize the opportunities of green growth, level up the country and lower bills.

“This country is broken. We need bold, visionary leadership that will lower bills, create millions of jobs, increase our energy security, and tackle the existential threat of climate change. The British public and businesses are crying out for a green industrial strategy fit for the 21st century, not a hollowed out plan with an empty wallet.”