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Local chiefs welcome the Government’s green revolution plans

5:09 pm, Thursday, 19th November 2020 - 2 weeks ago

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Key partners have welcomed Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s, 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution.

The 10 point plan sets out the approach government will take to invest in making the UK a global leader in green technologies, support green jobs, and accelerate the UK’s path to net zero.

The plan focuses on increasing ambition in the following areas:

  • advancing offshore wind
  • driving the growth of low carbon hydrogen
  • delivering new and advanced nuclear power
  • accelerating the shift to zero emission vehicles
  • green public transport, cycling and walking
  • ‘jet zero’ and green ships
  • greener buildings
  • investing in carbon capture, usage and storage
  • protecting our natural environment
  • green finance and innovation

With North East Lincolnshire already a key player in the offshore wind power sector, opportunities are highlighted in the Prime Minister’s plan for the Humber area to benefit from additional funding to support the green revolution.

Welcoming the announcement, Council Leader, Philip Jackson, said that this was great news for the area. “We have been working hard in North East Lincolnshire for a number of years, building our green credentials and now providing a unique place for green industries to thrive.

“We have the long-term jobs in offshore wind on our patch, we have our on-shore waste to energy cluster including the exciting waste to aviation fuel project, and also the myenergi expansion at Stallingborough.

“All of this doesn’t happen overnight – it’s through working with businesses over a number of years, and investing in the long-term, that we can make a difference and benefit in terms of jobs and the economy in North East Lincolnshire.”

Simon Bird, Regional Director, Humber at Associated British Ports said: “This is a very welcome announcement. The Humber is already established as the UK’s Energy Estuary and our ports on the Humber such as Grimsby and Immingham are ideally placed to support the Government’s effort to decarbonise and bring new green jobs to the local area.”

Darren Cunningham, Lead UK Executive and General Manager of the Humber Refinery, said: “Phillips 66 continues to invest to produce low carbon fuels, with the Humber Refinery’s renewable diesel capacity set to treble by January 2021.

“Only with industry and government working hand-in-hand in a systems-based approach will the task of Net-Zero be achieved in the UK.

“We are part of the solution and will continue to make products society will need and continue to need for 2050 and beyond. We recognise we have a role in making those products, achieving a carbon balance as will continue to reduce our carbon intensity.”

For more information on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-ten-point-plan-for-a-green-industrial-revolution.

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