6 October 2020
The Prime Minister has set out new plans to ‘Build Back Greener’ from coronavirus by investing in clean wind energy to create jobs and cut carbon emissions.
Speaking at the Conservative party’s annual conference, Boris Johnson said, “I can today announce that the UK government has decided to become the world leader in low cost clean power generation – cheaper than coal, cheaper than gas; and we believe that in ten years time offshore wind will be powering every home in the country, with our target rising from 30GW to 40GW.”
Previously he stated that £160m will be made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure across communities such as in Teesside and Humber in northern England, Scotland and Wales to increase offshore wind capacity.
He added that the investment would see around 2,000 construction jobs rapidly created and would enable the sector to support up to 60,000 ‘green collar’ jobs by 2030.
The aims are part of the Prime Minister’s ten-point plan for a ‘green industrial revolution’, to be set out fully later this year. This is expected to include new targets and investment into industries, innovation and infrastructure.
When the strategy is explained in more detail, it will hopefully bring opportunities for the construction and hire industries in the building of new facilities and in their ongoing maintenance.