60% of all energy (if that’s what they really meant) is however a significant goal, even if maybe 10% would come from existing and planned nuclear, which presumably it sees as being included in the ‘zero carbon’ category- although in reality, given the energy and carbon debt associated with fissile fuel production, it isn’t actually zero carbon.
However, the commitment to nuclear (and to Euratom!), although there, is a little fudged. While the Manifesto says ‘nuclear will continue to be part of the energy supply’, and that ‘we will support further nuclear projects and protect nuclear workers’ jobs and pensions,’ it goes on: ‘There are considerable opportunities for nuclear power and decommissioning both internationally and domestically.’ Is the implication that this is where the job security for nuclear workers will be found- not in new nuclear generation? It seems not since, separately, Jeremy Corbyn said that ‘Labour supports nuclear power as an important part of a low carbon energy mix and would continue to support the construction of Hinkley C’: www.ecns.cn/2017/05-22/258487.shtml and it also backed Wylfa in Wales: www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/labour-pledges-support-new-nuclear-13068863
As for other energy workers, it notes that ‘The low-carbon economy is one of the UK’s fastest-growing sectors, creating jobs and providing investment across each region. It employed an estimated 447,000 employees in the UK in 2015 and saw over £77 billion in turnover. With backing from a Labour government, these sectors can secure crucial shares of global export markets’. The 447,000 figure seems to include nuclear workers, but recent ONS data put nuclear related employment at just 5.3% of total UK low carbon energy employment, compared to around 20% in renewables, most of the rest being in energy efficiency: www.ons.gov.uk/economy/environmentalaccounts/bulletins/finalestimates/2015results
In terms of fossil energy, Labour says it will ‘ban fracking because it would lock us into an energy infrastructure based on fossil fuels, long after the point in 2030 when the Committee on Climate Change says gas in the UK must sharply decline’, but it will support emerging technologies such as carbon capture and storage, since they can ‘help to smooth the transition to cleaner fuels and to protect existing jobs as part of the future energy mix’.