The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced details of a ten-point plan for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’.
The strategy focuses on how the government looks to make the UK reach its target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The government has promised to invest £12 billion into the project, which is expected to create up to 250,000 highly skilled green jobs.
The first three points mention the sustainable energy sources - offshore wind, nuclear and hydrogen. The government plans on quadrupling the amount of offshore wind produced in the UK to 40GW by 2030, producing enough energy to power every home in the country and supporting up to 60,000 jobs. Up to £500m is planned for investment in hydrogen, including trialling hydrogen homes and even a target of the first town heated by hydrogen.
The fourth point of the strategy looks at the plan to transition to electric vehicles, with a confirmation that the UK will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. In support of this, the government plans to invest £1.3bn in the rollout of charge points for electric vehicles and nearly £500m over the next four years for the development and mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries.
Investment in zero-emission modes of transport is also planned, with cycling and walking still encouraged. Research projects for zero-emission planes and ships are planned to take place. Further into the plan, Carbon Capture is mentioned, with a target of removing 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030. Another of the points promises to make homes and public buildings more efficient with a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.
The ninth point focuses on restoring our natural environment, including the planting of 30,000 hectares of trees every year, while the final point aims to develop cutting-edge technologies needed to reach the new energy aims, with the City of London being targeted to become the ‘Global Centre of Green Finance’.
Speaking on the ten-point plan, Boris Johnson stated:
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.
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