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Jeremy Corbyn risks climate change activist fury after easing target

<h2>Jeremy Corbyn risks climate change activist fury after watering down a target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 as he unveils his general election manifesto</h2>
<ul><li><strong>Labour conference voted in September to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2030</strong></li><li><strong>But manifesto commits to making 'substantial majority' of reductions by 2030</strong></li></ul>
<p>Jeremy Corbyn today risked activist fury after watering down a commitment to tackling climate change in the Labour Party's 2019 general election manifesto.</p>
<p>The party's annual conference in September backed plans to commit Labour to working 'towards a path to net zero carbon emissions by 2030'. </p>
<p>But Mr Corbyn's new blueprint for the country only commits to 'achieve the substantial majority of our emissions reductions by 2030'. </p>
<p>The less exacting target is unlikely to go down well with climate change campaigners but will be welcomed by some union chiefs. </p>
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<p>Jeremy Corbyn, pictured launching his general election manifesto in Birmingham today, has committed Labour to achieving the 'substantial majority' of carbon emissions reductions by 2030</p>
<p>The latter had urged the Labour leadership to water down the pledge amid fears that the original one would have forced major job losses, particularly in the energy industry. </p>
<p>The manifesto, unveiled by Mr Corbyn at an event in Birmingham this morning, states: 'Labour will kick-start a Green Industrial Revolution that will create one million jobs in the UK to transform our industry, energy, transport, agriculture and our buildings, while restoring nature.</p>
<p>'Our Green New Deal aims to achieve the substantial majority of our emissions reductions by 2030 in a way that is evidence-based, just and that delivers an economy that serves the interests of the many, not the few.'</p>
<p>Despite changing the target, the party's manifesto does have a strong focus on the environment as Mr Corbyn tries to see off an electoral threat from the Green Party. </p>
<p>The manifesto also contains ambitions to put the UK on track for a 'net zero' energy system within the 2030s and for British food production to reach net zero carbon by 2040 – which is in line with the farming sector's plans.</p>
<p>Labour's overall pledge on carbon emissions is more ambitious than the Liberal Democrats' commitment for a new legally binding target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045, or the Tories' existing 2050 target which became law in the summer.</p>
<p>Labour says it's plans will be funded through a 'green transformation fund' worth £250 billion. </p>
<p>That cash will be used to produce the shift to a green economy, funding renewable energy sources and low-carbon energy. </p>
<p>The money would also be spent on making transport more sustainable and to repair damage done to wildlife and the environment.   </p>
<p>The manifesto also contains a proposal to impose a windfall tax on oil companies to help to cover the costs of climate damage. </p>
<p>Labour is also proposing an immediate and permanent ban on fracking. </p>
<p>Meanwhile, it confirms previous pledges to upgrade almost all of the UK's 27 million homes to the highest energy-efficiency standards and to build thousands of new offshore and onshore wind turbines.   </p>
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