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Our longer, more detailed general motion outlines our vision for a radical and transformative Green New Deal.

Submit it to your branch and CLP to demonstrate the groundswell of local support for a plan for economic and climate justice; send the motion to Labour’s National Policy Forum when voted on; mandate the local party to support the campaign.

CONFERENCE MOTION 2019

Labour for a Green New Deal

Conference notes:

  • To prevent the worst effects of climate change, we must keep global temperature rises below 1.5°C.

  • Over 1°C of warming has taken place, causing floods, droughts, heatwaves, pollution, and hundreds of thousands of deaths. The poorest - particularly in the Global South - suffer most. Tackling climate change is thus indivisible from social, racial and economic justice.

  • Just 100 companies are responsible for the majority of carbon emissions; and the Conservative government is deregulating the fossil fuel industry and cutting support for renewables.

  • Labour has supported the youth strikes for climate and Extinction Rebellion, pushing the climate emergency up the national agenda. A Green New Deal is now a demand we must make.


Conference therefore calls on the Labour Party to include a Green New Deal in the manifesto:

a state-led programme of investment and regulation for the decarbonisation and transformation of our economy that reduces inequality and pursues efforts to keep global average temperature rises below 1.5°C.


This will include:

  • Commitment to zero carbon emissions by 2030;

  • Rapidly phasing out all fossil fuels;

  • Large-scale investment in renewables;

  • A just transition to well-paid, unionised, green jobs available for all;

  • A green industrial revolution expanding public, democratic ownership as far as necessary for the transformation;

  • Green public integrated transport that connects Britain;

  • Supporting developing countries’ climate transitions by increasing transfers of finance, technology and capacity;

  • Assuring everyone’s basic rights through the provision of universal services;

  • Welcoming climate refugees while taking measures against the displacement of peoples from their homes.

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We were delighted that the following motion was passed overwhelmingly at Labour conference as Party policy. The motion was the result of a compositing process undertaken by delegates from the 128 CLPs who submitted Green New Deal motions and trade union representatives. We were thrilled to receive the backing of seven trade unions, including Unite and Unison, on conference floor - the labour movement is united behind a socialist and transformative Green New Deal.

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Conference notes:

  • To prevent the worst effects of climate change, we must keep global temperature rises below 1.5°C.

  • Over 1°C of warming has taken place, causing floods, droughts, heatwaves, pollution, and hundreds of thousands of deaths. The poorest suffer most.

  • Just 100 companies are responsible for the majority of carbon emissions; and the Conservative government is deregulating the fossil fuel industry and cutting support for renewables.

  • Labour has supported the youth strikes for climate and Extinction Rebellion, pushing the climate emergency up the national agenda.

  • The UK has accrued wealth since industrialisation through disproportionately high emissions, while the poor, the global south, and women suffer the greatest climate impacts. Domestically and internationally: Social, economic and gender justice is inextricable from climate justice.

  • Combining decarbonisation with a progressive restructuring of the economy gives us the possibility to both create green jobs and fight the threat of climate chaos.

Conference believes:

  • The cost of decarbonisation must be borne by the wealthiest not the poorest.

  • Decarbonisation could produce thousands of well-paid, skilled jobs in renewables and the supply chain. This will be based on public ownership and democratic control.

  • In a workers-led ‘just transition’ from high-emission jobs to alternatives; public investment guaranteeing communities and living standards.

  • A Green New Deal is therefore now a demand we must make.

Conference therefore calls on the Labour Party to include a Green New Deal in the manifesto:

a state-led programme of investment and regulation, based on public ownership and democratic control, for the decarbonisation and transformation of our economy that reduces inequality and pursues efforts to keep global average temperature rises below 1.5°C.

In power Labour will:

  • In collaboration with the trade unions and the scientific community, work towards a path to net zero carbon emissions by 2030, guaranteeing an increase in good unionised jobs in the UK, and the cost of which would be borne by the wealthiest not the majority; and implementing this target into law if it achieves a just-transition for workers.

  • Introduce a complete ban on fracking.

  • Oversee a just transition, increasing the number of well-paid, unionised green jobs in the UK through:

    • public ownership of energy, creating an integrated, democratic system;

    • public ownership of the Big Six;

    • large-scale investment in renewables and low-carbon energy.

  • Repeal all anti-union laws, facilitating worker-led activism over social and political issues, including climate change.

  • Address regional economic imbalances and areas of deprivation.

  • Ensure the costs of decarbonisation are borne by the wealthiest through progressive taxation, not working people and their families.

  • Take transport into public ownership and invest in expanded, integrated, free or affordable green public transport that connects Britain, including:

    • rail electrification;

    • continued support for high-speed rail, because of the additional capacity that it will create for rail freight on the West Coast Mainline, removing polluting HGVs and other vehicles from roads;

    • the transition to sustainably powered rail freight;

    • creation of rail freight interchanges;

    • community transport;

    • investment in electric buses that can reconnect local communities;

    • integrated public transport timetabling;

    • local schemes that make walking and active travel safe, attractive, environmentally sustainable options, benchmarked against European practice;

    • a radical car scrappage scheme to increase electric vehicles.

  • Tackle fuel poverty and assure everyone’s basic rights through the provision of universal services.

  • A radical programme to up skill the UK workforce to develop, manufacture and manage the greening of the UK.

  • Building and retrofitting of zero-carbon social and council housing and public buildings with lowest possible embedded carbon in construction.

  • Support developing countries’ climate transitions through free or cheap transfers of finance, technology and capacity.

  • Welcome climate refugees while taking measures against the displacement of peoples from their homes.

  • Promote the international exchange of technology, expertise, products, resources and services to learn from and help other countries achieve a Green New Deal.

  • Implement a programme of ecological restoration to increase biodiversity and natural carbon sequestration.

  • Measure and tackle consumption emissions, not just those produced on UK soil.

  • Work collaboratively with farmers to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector.

  • Press for heavy UN penalties on “ecocide” damage to climate-sensitive habitats internationally.

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