Focus on hydrogen and wind in Boris’s ‘green revolution’
The Prime Minister has unveiled a 10-point plan for green energy
Boris Johnson has unveiled his long-awaited 10 point plan for a “green industrial revolution”, claiming it will create 250,000 jobs.
The plan confirms the government’s intention to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 – five years ahead of plan – and commitments to nuclear energy, and hydrogen power. Scotland already plans the phasing out of petrol and diesel cars by 2032 and may revise this date.
To encourage the take up of electric cars, the UK government will invest £1.3bn in the rollout of new charging points on streets and motorways across the country.
It will also provide £582m in grants to aid buyers of low or zero emission vehicles, as well as £500m on developing electric vehicles.
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In the nuclear industry, Mr Johnson said the government would set aside £525m to develop large and small scale nuclear plants, and £500m developing hydrogen technologies to heat homes.
There are plans to develop a “Hydrogen Town” with tens of thousands of houses.
The plan builds on existing commitment to develop 40 gigawatts of wind power by the end of the decade.
There will also be additional public spending into carbon capture and storage, greener maritime and aviation solutions, and heat.
Mr Johnson 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.”
Ed Miliband, Labour’s Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, said the plan falls short of what the UK really needs.
“The funding in this long-awaited announcement doesn’t remotely meet the scale of what is needed to tackle the unemployment emergency and climate emergency we are facing, and pales in comparison to the tens of billions committed by France and Germany,” he said.
“Only a fraction of the funding announced today is new. We don’t need rebadged funding pots and reheated pledges, but an ambitious plan that meets the scale of the task we are facing and – crucially – creates jobs now.
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“That’s why Labour called for the Government to bring forward £30bn of capital investment over the next 18 months and invest it in low-carbon sectors now as part of a rapid stimulus package to support 400,000 additional jobs. Make no mistake – this announcement from the Government falls well short of what is required.”
However, Josh Hardie, acting CBI Director-General, said: “This plan represents a clear statement of intent from the Government.
“It gives a springboard to the huge opportunities for UK-wide investment and green jobs that a true low-carbon economy can bring. Business is fully committed to delivering a green and sustainable recovery from the pandemic.
“From new wind farms and nuclear power stations, to hubs of low-carbon industry using carbon capture and hydrogen technologies, business investment will be key to making this vision a reality.”