Protecting the environment and combating climate change

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Labour is proud of our work in Europe leading the fight against climate change, and we will continue to support the move towards a low carbon economy and the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs. This is a vital new industry for our economy and Labour MEPs will work hard to ensure Britain benefits from research and development of good quality green jobs.

Labour MEPs fully supported ambitious and binding targets for a Europe-wide clean energy policy for 2030. The aim of the proposals is that by support binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency, the European economy can make the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable energy future.

A clear signal for investment in renewable and low-carbon technology will help reduce our dependency on fossil-fuel imports, whose prices will only increase in the years to come. This will kick-start new industries and create new jobs in the UK and across Europe, bring down energy bills and safeguard the climate now and for the next generation.

Labour MEPs backed measures to promote a cleaner and greener environment by cutting harmful greenhouse gases, ensuring cleaner beaches and rivers, improving air quality and boosting recycling. We will deliver continued leadership within Europe to tackle climate change and protect our environment for generations to come.

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