The Prime Minister has announced a new 10-point plan today (Nov 18) that outlines how the UK will become carbon neutral by 2050.
The plan comes ahead of the UK’s hosting of the COP26 in Glasgow next year, the UN’s climate conference which gathers world leaders to discuss the environmental issues facing the earth.
The Prime Minister insists that the points raised in the plan draw from the UK’s strengths that already exist, making the plan easier than if completely new strategies had been put in place.
The key date that is mentioned throughout the plan is 2030, when petrol and diesel cars will no longer be allowed to be sold in the UK market, although it is possible they’ll still be made in the UK for the international market.
Offshore wind, Hydrogen, Nuclear, Electric vehicles, Public transport, cycling and walking, Jet Zero and greener maritime, Homes and public buildings, Carbon capture, Nature and finally, Innovation and finance are the subjects that the Prime Minister is focusing on, which he is expected to be questioned on in the commons today during PMQs, which Mr Johnson will attend virtually, a PMQs first.
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.”
Regions across the UK have commended the announce from Government.
Dan Storer, Chief Investment Officer at the West Midlands Growth Company, said:
“The race to net-zero is on. The future of the UK’s post-pandemic economy hinges on its ability to scale up capacity across low carbon industries at pace. Today, the West Midlands – the birthplace of the first industrial revolution – is already recognised at the frontier of green technologies; we are uniquely positioned to advance Government’s 10 Point Plan for a Greener Industrial Revolution and welcome these steps with open arms.
“It is clear from the Government’s 10 Point Plan that the power to unlock a greener, more sustainable and inclusive economy before 2050 lies with the UK’s regions."