Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to tackle climate change with a “green industrial revolution” if he becomes Britain’s prime minister.
The Labour leader said his party would create hundreds of thousands of “good green jobs” across the UK and save “millions of households” money on their energy bills.
Labour said the Government’s decision to cancel an insulation programme – the Warm Front Scheme – in 2013 has cost households a total of 3.2 billion pounds ($A6.2 billion) on their bills.
And it said it had cost the planet an extra 14.6 million tonnes of CO2 by 2017.
Speaking before a visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales on Friday, Mr Corbyn said: “The next Labour government will turn this failed approach on its head with a Green Industrial Revolution to tackle the climate emergency, create hundreds of thousands of good green jobs in every region of our country and save millions of households money on their bills.
“From the mass installation of solar panels, insulating homes, building the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, expanding solar and wind energy and bringing the National Grid into public ownership, Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution will benefit working class people by cutting energy bills, creating good jobs in new, green industries and fighting the climate emergency.
“Social justice and climate justice are inseparable. Labour will tackle inequality and environmental destruction together.”
Peter Smith, director of Policy and Research at National Energy Action, a charity working to end fuel poverty, said: “Improving energy efficiency in fuel poor homes saves money, carbon and lives.