Speaking at the Labour Conference in Brighton this week, Labour shadow energy secretary Lisa Nandy said it was a national scandal that the actions of the Conservative government have left the poorest households in Britain paying six times more of their disposable income in green taxes than the richest.
In her first speech since being named Caroline Flint’s successor earlier this month, Ms Nandy argued that community-based energy companies and cooperatives could be a new powerhouse, with the right support, and a path to a more secure energy future.
She added there were schools already taking the initiative and going solar to generate power and heat for their own use.
Under David Cameron, Ms Nandy said Britain’s influence abroad has diminished and it has left the UK relegated to the margins of the global conversation, rather than setting the agenda and the pace.
Using China and India as examples of countries investing in renewable energy, Ms Nandy claimed the government had turned its back on Britain’s wind and solar industries.
Offering a solution, Ms Nandy said she and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn do not want to nationalise energy: “We want to do something far more radical. We want to democratise it.”
Looking ahead to the Paris Summit in December, the she argued it could build on Labour’s Climate Change Act and return the UK to the negotiating table every five years, increasing efforts, until the job was done.
Following a number of recent cuts to renewable subsidies, critics within the building services industry have expressed their concerns about the government’s ability to combat climate change.
H&V News also recently reported on the UK falling out of the top 10 in Ernst and Young’s Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI) for the first time since it was launched 12 years ago.