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Alex warmly welcomes Ecotricity’s backing of Labour – and talks about his own green commitments.

I’m delighted at the news that Ecotricity, an innovative, non-dividend green energy company, has given its backing to Labour – financial backing, to the tune of £250,000, but, more important, moral backing.

I’m delighted at a personal level, as a long-standing Ecotricity customer, and delighted at the general endorsement Ecotricity has given to Labour’s green credentials.

My own commitments include a moratorium on fracking, and a strong belief in the future potential of the green economy.

Labour’s proposals for clear and dated decarbonisation targets and for a Green Investment bank provide just the sort of security investors in the green economy need. Our commitment to the warm homes policy provides the combination of concern for the  energy poor with simultaneous emissions’ reduction that I’d expect from Labour. 

And I’m proud of our record here in Leeds – where the Labour Council has continued with insulation of homes in places like Tinshill and Ireland Wood, in spite of the Coalition’s scrapping of the green levies which funded them.

I am also personally committed to a moratorium on fracking as called for by Labour’s Joan Walley and her cross-party Environmental audit committee. Fracking is incompatible with our long-term aims on reducing carbon emissions.

I am pleased, too, to see that EU money is coming to Yorkshire – to create 4000 new jobs in a project for clean energy and carbon capture. This will reduce carbon emissions and provide an interim solution whilst we increase the energy generated from renewables - all on our way to Labour’s commitment to fully decarbonising by 2030.

I am firmly convinced that the green economy will be an important part of our manufacturing future.

Ecotricity apparently agree that Labour’s stance on these issues makes that future a very real prospect.

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