Thursday February 27, 2020

Labour goes greener with ambitious climate targets

Policies raise eyebrows among the Greens as the parties compete for middle-class, liberal voters

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

23rd January, 2020
Brendan Howlin: the Green Party has long been regarded as a serious threat to his party’s support, particularly among middle-class, liberal voters. Picture:

Labour has announced an ambitious climate change plan in an apparent effort to win back voters from the Green Party.

While the government’s Climate Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030, Labour wants a legally required target of 50 per cent.

Brendan Howlin’s party also said that would require public agencies to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

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