The British Prime Minister has set out his ambitious 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution which could not only create but support about 250,000 British jobs. Conservative politics is seeing significant opportunities in the Green economy.
The plan is set to cover transport, clean energy, nature and innovative technologies, which could enable the UK to forge ahead with eliminating its emissions contribution to climate change in 30 years. This reduction is particularly important in the run-up to the COP26 climate summit scheduled to take place in Glasgow next year.
The plan which forms part of a broader mission by the PM to level up across the nation will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create and support about 250,000 highly skilled green jobs in the nation, which could have a knock-on effect with the private sector investing at least three times as much over 10 years.
At the centre of the PM’s blueprint are the nation’s industrial centres including Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East, Scotland, West Midlands and Wales, which will push forward the green industrial revolution and build green industries and jobs of the future.
The ten points of the Prime Minister’s plan are to be built around the nation’s strength:
- Offshore wind: Producing enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling how much we produce to 40GW by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
- Hydrogen: Working with industry aiming to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for industry, transport, power and homes, and aiming to develop the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.
- Nuclear: Advancing nuclear as a clean energy source, across large scale nuclear and developing the next generation of small and advanced reactors, which could support 10,000 jobs.
- Electric vehicles: Backing our world-leading car manufacturing bases including in the West Midlands, North East and North Wales to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, and transforming our national infrastructure to better support electric vehicles.
- Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future.
- Jet Zero and greener maritime: Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.
- Homes and public buildings: Making our homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy-efficient, whilst creating 50,000 jobs by 2030, and a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.
- Carbon capture: Becoming a world-leader in technology to capture and store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere, with a target to remove 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030, equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber today.
- Nature: Protecting and restoring our natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, whilst creating and retaining thousands of jobs.
- Innovation and finance: Developing the cutting-edge technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions and make the City of London the global centre of green finance.
The Prime Minister in his speech said “Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, I haven’t lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up across the country. My Ten Point Plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net-zero by 2050.
Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future”.
Reported by GOV.UK