White Paper

Green energy pledges clouded by Bifab collapse

DeepWind offshore

A contract for wind turbines like these off the Scottish coast went to Indonesia

A new green energy plan for the UK has been launched with critics already pointing to the BiFab failure as an example of a failure to deliver on promises of contracts and jobs.

Core parts of the Energy White Paper include commitments to more electric charging points, boosting the hydrogen economy and supporting the transition of the North Sea oil and gas industry to cleaner fuels.

The UK government ‘s Energy White Paper pledges to support up to 220,000 British jobs, and keep bills affordable as country moves towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

It builds on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution by setting out specific steps the government will take over the next decade to cut emissions from industry, transport, and buildings “while supporting hundreds of thousands of new green jobs”.

electric vehicle charging

The government wants more electric charging points

Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Through a major programme of investment and reform, we are determined to both decarbonise our economy in the most cost-effective way, while creating new sunrise industries and revitalising our industrial heartlands that will support new green jobs for generations to come.”

Alongside the Energy White Paper, the government has also confirmed that it is to enter negotiations with EDF in relation to the Sizewell C project in Suffolk as it considers options to enable investment in at least one nuclear power station by the end of this Parliament. If the project proceeds, it could create thousands of jobs during construction and operation.

Rain Newton-Smith, chief economist at the CBI, said: “The Energy White Paper is an important next step in our plans to reach our net zero emissions target.

Alok Sharma

Alok Sharma: ‘new green jobs for generations to come’

“Action is needed now, and the welcome focus on job creation around the country, developing sustainable low-carbon industries, and ensuring the transition is fair for consumers will all help us achieve our ambitious climate goals.”

However, critics have said the promises of jobs by both the UK and Scottish governments ring hollow in the light of work being won by foreign companies.

The Fife company BiFab lost out on a wind turbine contract off the Angus coast when it was awarded to an Indonesian firm.

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