Chart of the week | Labour plans unprecedented renewables expansion

The Labour Party held its annual conference in Liverpool on 23-26 September. While much of the attention focused on the party’s nationalisation plans, Labour also pledged a level of renewables deployment thus-far unimagined by one of the larger political parties.

As well as headline goals of a 60% emissions reduction by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. The Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey gave specifics in her speech on the recommended deployment of certain technologies to achieve this.

Labour’s plan, compiled by “an expert team of energy professionals and engineers supported by leading academics” includes 52GW of offshore wind, a “doubling” of existing onshore wind and a “tripling” of existing solar capacity within 12 years. Our chart of the week this week highlights the scale of ambition this represents

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