Wednesday, November 18, 2020

A ten point plan for a "Green Industrial Revolution"


Today, the Prime Minister has outlined his ten-point plan to bring about a green industrial revolution, creating 250,000 jobs and helping us to build back better and greener after coronavirus. Here is a statement of what the government hopes to achieve.

  • Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, we have not lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up and create jobs across the country.
  • That’s why the Prime Minister has set out his blueprint for a green industrial revolution, covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, to allow us to end our contribution to climate change by 2050, while creating and supporting up to 250,000 highly-skilled jobs across the whole UK. 
  • In order to deliver on the plan and create jobs, we will mobilise £12 billion, including an extra £200 million to support carbon capture, up to £500 million to trial hydrogen in homes, £525 million to develop large and small-scale nuclear plants and £1.3 billion to accelerate the rollout of chargepoints for electric vehicles. 
  • At the centre of this blueprint are the UK’s industrial heartlands, including in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, West Midlands, Scotland and Wales, which will drive forward the green industrial revolution and build green jobs and industries of the future.
  • Our green industrial revolution will be powered by companies and technologies from all across the UK, delivering on our promise to level up and create jobs as we build back better and greener after coronavirus.

The Prime Minister’s ten points, which are built around the UK’s strengths, are:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future. 
  6. Jet Zero and greener maritime: Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Nature: Protecting and restoring our natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, whilst creating and retaining thousands of jobs.
  10. 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.


Gary Bullivant said...

Does 8 offer a way out of the inconsistency that is support for West Cumbria Mining?

Chris Whiteside said...

Indeed, I think it might, yes.

I was pleased to see carbon capture included as one of the ten points to look at - you may have noticed that I mentioned it in my letter to the Whitehaven news the other week.

If we continue to use coal, either as coking coal in the production of steel which I think is still necessary at the moment, or burning for power which I am against, we must continue to research and if possible implement carbon capture.