Worcester MP Robin Walker has thrown his support behind the ambitious ten-point plan to create a Green Industrial Revolution – which will create and support hundreds of thousands of jobs across the UK outlined by the Prime Minister.
Robin has always taken the threat of climate change seriously. Following the recent spike of national concern in this area, Robin visited many schools in Worcester to discuss Government plans as well as the changes that can be made in our individual lives to alleviate our carbon footprint in the City.
Locally, Chancellor Rishi Sunak visited Worcester Bosch in July, as well as other ministerial colleagues to discuss how more efficient boilers can help on the journey to achieve net zero, and how hydrogen technology could revolutionise heating across the nation.
The blueprint of his Green Industrial Revolution Blueprint is built around the UK’s strengths and industrial heartlands to level up and Build Back Greener, with new investment as part of £12 billion mobilised, with potentially more than three times as much from the private sector.
The Prime Minister’s blueprint will allow the UK to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050.
The Green Industrial Revolution will especially cover clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies. This will be particularly crucial in the run up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year.
The plan 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.
Ten Points of the Green Industrial Revolution
The Prime Minister’s ten points, which are built around the UK’s strengths, are:
- Offshore wind: Producing enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling how much we produce to 40GW by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
- Hydrogen: 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.
- Nuclear: 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.
- Electric vehicles: Backing our world-leading car manufacturing bases including in the West Midlands, North East and North Wales to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and transforming our national infrastructure to better support electric vehicles.
- Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future.
- Jet Zero and greener maritime: Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.
- Homes and public buildings: 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.
- Carbon capture: 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, equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber today.
- Nature: Protecting and restoring our natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, whilst creating and retaining thousands of jobs.
- Innovation and finance: Developing the cutting-edge technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions and make the City of London the global centre of green finance.
Speaking after the announcement, Robin said:
“I am proud by the unwavering vow of this Government to be the first in the UK’s history to leave the environment in a better state than that which we inherited.”
“Having spoken with many students on this issue I have been inspired by the engagement of Worcester’s young people. it’s for all of us to engage with urgently.”
“I believe that this announcement can be good news for Worcester Bosch and their next generation of hydrogen ready boilers.”
“Along with our pledge to achieve net zero by 2050, this announcement is crucial to ensure we protect our planet for future generations. I believe that the UK can lead global ambition for international targets on climate, ocean and biodiversity.”
Prime Minister Boris 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.
Notes to editors
Our Extra Investment to Build Back Greener
To deliver on the plan, the Prime Minister has announced huge new investment projects, so Britain can build a green industrial revolution across the United Kingdom.
Carbon capture: To revitalise the birthplaces of the first industrial revolution, the UK will be at the global forefront of carbon capture, usage and storage technology, benefiting regions with industries that are particularly difficult to decarbonise.
Hydrogen: Up to £500 million, including for trialling homes using hydrogen for heating and cooking, supporting tens of thousands of homes by the end of the decade.
Nuclear: £525 million to help develop large and smaller-scale nuclear plants, and research and develop new advanced modular reactors.
Electric vehicles: The Prime Minister has confirmed that the UK will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, ten years earlier than planned. And we will allow the sale of some hybrid cars and vans until 2035.
Homes and public buildings: £1 billion next year into making new and existing homes and public buildings more efficient, extending the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme by a year and making public sector buildings greener and cutting bills for hospitals and schools, as part of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.
Greener maritime: £20 million for a competition to develop clean maritime technology, such as feasibility studies on key sites, including Orkney and Teesside.
Supporting the Car Industry switching to Green
The UK car industry already manufactures a significant proportion of electric vehicles in Europe, including one of the most popular models in the world. And encouraging more people to make the switch to electric vehicles will be crucial for achieving our manifesto commitments.
To support this acceleration, the Prime Minister has announced:
£1.3 billion to accelerate the rollout of charge points for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways across England, so people can more easily and conveniently charge their cars.
£582 million in grants for those buying zero or ultra-low emission vehicles to make them cheaper to buy and incentivise more people to make the transition.
Nearly £500 million to be spent in the next four years for the development and mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries, as part of our commitment to provide up to £1 billion, boosting international investment into our strong manufacturing bases including in the Midlands and North East.
This will help protect and create thousands of new jobs, particularly in the Midlands, North East, and North Wales.
Our Path to Net Zero
These new commitments backed by government funding send a clear signal to industries across the British economy to invest in the UK, which is why today the Prime Minister will host a virtual roundtable with green investors to set out his ambitious plan and incentivise further private sector investment.
We’re meeting our manifesto pledge to reach Net Zero by 2050, with further plans to reduce emissions whilst creating jobs to follow over the next year in the run up to the international COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year.