The Green Revolution – 10 point plan
Yesterday evening the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, delivered his government's self-styled ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ with a 10 point plan. The intention, to create up to 250,000 jobs and in the process, get the UK back on track for net zero.
The proposals have been introduced ahead of the COP26 UN Climate Summit due to be held in Glasgow at the end of next year.
Headlines are being made of the ban on new fossil fuel vehicles by 2030 (hybrids allowed until 2035), as well as the rolling out of 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028.
The 10 point plan
- Offshore wind: Produce enough offshore wind to power every home in the UK, quadrupling how much it produces to 40 gigawatts by 2030, and supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
- Hydrogen: Have five gigawatts of "low carbon" hydrogen production capacity by 2030 - for industry, transport, power and homes - and develop the first town heated by the gas by the end of the decade.
- Nuclear: Pushing nuclear power as a clean energy source and including provision for a large nuclear plant, as well as for advanced small nuclear reactors, which could support 10,000 jobs.
- Electric vehicles: Phasing out sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and investing in grants to help buy cars and charge point infrastructure.
- Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport for the future.
- Jet zero and greener maritime: Supporting research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.
- Homes and public buildings: Making homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy efficient, including a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.
- Carbon capture: Developing world-leading technology to capture and store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere, with a target to remove 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030 - equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber.
- Nature: Protecting and restoring the natural environment, with plans to include planting 30,000 hectares of trees a year.
- Innovation and finance: Developing cutting-edge technologies and making the City of London the global centre of green finance.
The report also confirms that the Green Homes Grant will be extended by a year, in order to improve the energy efficiency of homes and replace fossil fuel heating.
Stuart Fairlie, Technical and Operational Director at Elmhurst, comments “We welcome any intent from Government in regards to a coherent plan to create a ‘green industrial revolution’. Ofcourse the cynic in us says we have heard this all before, but certainly drawing lines in the sand and stating a course for action allows sensible people and businesses to plan and deliver what is required. We have always said that ‘stop-start’ polices do not work, we need commitments, long term policies and vitally skilled people in place in order to deliver all of this. We support the ambition, but we need to start delivering it all now.”
Article published: 18/11/20