Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, recently set out commitments to ensure the UK will be at the forefront of the green industrial revolution by 2030.
As part of his plans to ‘Build Back Greener’, Mr Boris Johnson has developed new plans to make the UK a world leader in clean wind energy, announcing that this will create jobs, slash carbon emissions, and boost exports.
The UK’s offshore wind capacity is already the largest in the world, and the new plans aim to continue this upward trend with £160 million being made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure across the nation. This new investment aims to increase our wind power generation, which currently meets 10% of our electricity demand.
The decision to invest in this infrastructure will immediately create an estimated 2,000 construction jobs, enabling the sector to support up to 60,000 jobs directly and indirectly by 2030. This will include jobs in ports, factories, and the supply chains which will be manufacturing the offshore wind turbines to deliver clean energy to the UK.
According to the government report on these plans, UK businesses, including smaller suppliers, will be in a good position to win further investment from energy companies globally to increase their competitive standing and support low-carbon chains.
Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Powering every home in the country through offshore wind is hugely ambitious, but it’s exactly this kind of ambition which will mean we can build back greener and reach net zero emissions by 2050.”
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