Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined a Ten Point Plan for a “green industrial revolution” which aims to support and create up to 250,000 jobs.
The plan predominantly covers clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies that would allow the UK to “forge ahead” in its efforts to eradicate its contribution to climate change by 2050.
The government will use £12bn of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 “highly-skilled green jobs” in the UK, and maneuver reportedly “three times as much” private sector investment by 2030.
The UK’s industrial strongholds in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, West Midlands, Scotland and Wales will be the focal points of the green initiative to build “green jobs and industries of the future”.
The ten point plan includes offshore wind, which aims to produce enough wind to power every home, quadrupling how much we produce to 40 gigga-watts by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
The government will continue to work with the hydrogen industry, allocating a £500m investment to generate five gigga-watts of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030, with an aim to develop the “first town” heated by hydrogen by the end of the decade.
In addition, advances in nuclear energy could support 10,000 jobs.
Homes and public buildings will be targeted to become more “energy efficient” and allocated £1bn, whilst creating 50,000 jobs by 2030, additionally 600,000 heat pumps will be installed every year by 2028.
An additional 30,000 hectares of trees every year will be planted, in a move that will reportedly create “thousands” of jobs.
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.”