The Prime Minister’s ambitious 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution has been hailed as ‘game changing’ by the MP for Redditch Rachel Maclean.
Covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Prime Minister’s blueprint will allow the UK to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050.
The plan – which is part of the Prime Minister’s determination to level up across the country – will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, and spur over three times as much private sector investment by 2030.
At the centre of his blueprint are the UK’s industrial heartlands, including the West Midlands, which will drive forward the green industrial revolution and build green jobs and industries of the future.
The Prime Minister’s ten points are:
- Producing enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling how much we produce to 40GW by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
- 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.
- 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.
- Backing our world-leading car manufacturing bases, including in the West Midlands, to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, and transforming our national infrastructure to better support electric vehicles.
- Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future.
- Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.
- 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.
- 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.
- Protecting and restoring our natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, whilst creating and retaining thousands of jobs.
- Developing the cutting-edge technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions and make the City of London the global centre of green finance.
Rachel, who is also the Minister for the Future of Transport and Decarbonisation and who worked on this ambitious plan, said:
“The Green Industrial Revolution plan set out by the Prime Minister today really is game changing. Let no one tell you that the UK isn’t doing everything it possibly can to end its contribution to climate change by 2050.
“Not only is this plan protecting our environment and planet for future generations, but we’re also creating hundreds of thousands of highly skilled green jobs at the same time – and right here in the West Midlands too.
“I’ve no doubt Redditch will continue to play its part in this national effort to reach our net zero carbon emissions target by 2050.”
Cllr Anthony Lovell, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change on Redditch Borough Council, added:
“Only 3 years ago I could only dream of what the Government is now talking about.
“I think the private sector is going to take the bull by the horns and forge ahead using existing technology and patenting new technologies that, hopefully in a single decade, will be the most pivotal turning point since the creation of the internal combustion engine.
“We mustn’t forget that we are living in a period of mass extinction and the natural environment needs us to back off. It’s exciting times if we can reverse some of the damage we’ve done, and it may actually mean a more peaceful life for most of us if we’re willing to embrace the change.”