Government to set out low carbon strategy

Miliband promises major expansion in renewables and 400,000 extra green jobs by 2015

The government will today set out its plan to dramatically reduce the UK’s carbon emissions, promising a major expansion in renewable energy.

Ministers will also promise to create as many as 400,000 new green jobs by 2015 in the Low Carbon Transition Plan published today.

The government’s legally-binding climate change targets include a 34 per cent in carbon emissions by 2020 and an 80 per cent cut by 2050.

There is a concern among some ministers of a possible backlash from the public as fuel bills rise to cover the cost of a greater reliance on wind and nuclear power. Ed Miliband, the Energy Secretary, has conceded that bills are likely to resign but has warned that there is “upward pressure” on energy prices regardless of the energy mix.

Speaking earlier this morning, Miliband said: “there isn't an easy low cost energy future out there", he added “I think the right choice is to plan for a low cost carbon future”.

He emphasised that the government was committed to the EU target of providing 15% of energy needs from renewables by 2020.

"It does seem a long way off, but when you're talking about renewable investments...these are very big changes which require action by government. I think what people want is a route map, and that is what we’re going to provide today,” he said.