Laura Sharman 18 November 2020

PM publishes ten point plan for 'green industrial revolution'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has published his ten point plan for creating a 'green industrial revolution' for 250,000 new jobs.

The blueprint covers clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies and is backed by £12bn of government investment.

The ten points include a target of installing 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028, creating 50,000 jobs, producing enough offshore wind to power every home by 2030, and accelerating the transition to electric vehicles.

Mr 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.'

However, Friends of the Earth warned the plan 'falls far short' of the overhaul needed to tackle the climate crisis.

Head of policy, Mike Childs, said: 'A much bolder approach is needed if the UK is to create the hundreds of thousands of new green jobs and other benefits that building a cleaner, safer future will bring.

'While the phase-out of petrol and diesel cars and the pledge to build a much larger offshore wind industry are very welcome, the government must also encourage the development of onshore wind and commit to ending gas-fired heating in our homes. Without a much swifter switch to heat pumps the UK’s carbon commitments may not be met.'

The plan also brings forward a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030.

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