PM outlines 10 point plan for green revolution

18/11/2020
Dom Browne

The prime minister has outlined a 10 point plan for a 'green industrial revolution' including bringing forward a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030.

”Local
 

New hybrid cars and vans will be sold until 2035.

'The plan will mobilise £12bn of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, and spur over three times as much private sector investment by 2030,' officials said.

With transport now the worst sector for greenhouse gases - accounting for 28% of domestic emissions - the Government has also pledged a wider investment in the electric car network as well as a commitment to active travel.

A £1.3bn fund has been allocated to the rollout of public electric vehicle chargepoints in homes, streets and on motorways across England - although at least £500m of this was already announced in the March Budget.

The Government also appears to have boosted its consumer incentive for those buying ultra-low emission vehicles by £50m, with £582m now allocated for grants up from £532 in March.

There will also be £500m over the next four years for the development and mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries, as part of an existing £1bn commitment to provide up to boosting the UK's manufacturing base.

The ten points, which are designed around 'the UK’s strengths', are:

  1. Offshore wind: Producing enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling how much we produce to 40GW by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
  2. Hydrogen: Up to £500m for first trialling hydrogen homes, then a hydrogen neighbourhood in 2023 and a hydrogen village by 2025, with the aim of creating a hydrogen town of tens of thousands of homes before the end of the decade. Of this cash, £240m will go into new production facilities to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.
  3. Nuclear: Advancing nuclear as a clean energy source with £525m to help develop large and smaller-scale nuclear plants, and research and develop new advanced modular reactors.
  4. Electric vehicles: Backing the UK's manufacturing bases including in the West Midlands, North East and North Wales to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure.
  5. Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future.
  6. Jet Zero and greener maritime: £20m for a competition to develop clean maritime technology, such as feasibility studies on key sites, as well as support for creating zero-emission planes and ships. 
  7. Homes and public buildings: £1bn next year to make new and existing homes and public buildings more efficient as part of Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, extending the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme by a year and a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.
  8. Carbon capture: An extra £200m of new funding to create two carbon capture clusters by the mid-2020s, with another two set to be created by 2030. This increases the total invested to £1bn, with the ambition of becoming a world-leader in the technology in order to remove 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030, equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber today. 
  9. Nature: Protecting and restoring the natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year.
  10. Innovation and finance: Developing the cutting-edge technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions and make the City of London the global centre of green finance.

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 10 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.'

The Government will also launch a consultation on how to phase out new diesel HGVs, although no date has been set yet.

Highways jobs

Travel Training Service Support Officer

£18029 - £19329 per annum
Please note this is a fixed term contract for 12 months, starting in January. The role is part time for 22.2 hours (3 days) per week. Therefore the England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recruiter: Essex County Council

Engineer HDC/S38

Competitive Salary
We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed, and experienced highway engineer to join our successful Highways team. Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Wakefield Council

South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) Director

£96,192 - £108,213 per annum
This is a highly visible, senior role, working with local government chief officers as well as sub-regional and regional organisations.  London (Greater)
Recruiter: South London Waste Partnership

Grounds Maintenance Operative

£19,312 - £20,493 per annum
This position is Seasonal/Fixed Term from 22 March to 29 October 2021. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Head of Highways

£53,984 - £63,449
You will have a proven track record of success in delivering effective highway services and substantial capital programmes as... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Vehicle Technician x2

£24,982 - £29,577 per annum
These positions are fixed term contracts for 12 months with the prospect of a permanent role once the Class C Driving Licence has been obtained.  Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Commercial Vehicle Technician

£30,000 per annum
We are seeking a fully trained HGV technician to work as part of the team who maintain the Council's fleet to the highest standards.  Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Clerk of Works

£32,234 - £35,745
We are looking for someone who... Warrington, Cheshire
Recruiter: Warrington Borough Council

Executive Director of Place, Economy & Environment – West Northamptonshire Council

Up to £140k
Be part of shaping the future Northamptonshire
Recruiter: North Northamptonshire & West Northamptonshire

Director Public Protection and Licensing

circa £123k
At Westminster, we are passionate about the place and the people who live, work and visit here. City of Westminster, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Westminster City Council

Senior Data Centre Engineer

£41,952
The successful candidate will have a BSc in relevant discipline, or equivalent industry experience. Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Lead Network Engineer

£46,756
We are going through exciting new changes, which require the need for Lead Network engineers who can redesign, architect, document and... Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Community Protection Regulatory Officer

£26,112 per annum, rising to £28,785
The successful applicant will provide support to the team’s Environmental Health Officers while also benefitting from their experience and guidance. Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Grounds Maintenance Supervisor

£26,112 per annum, rising to £28,785
The successful candidate will show enthusiasm and a commitment to effectively deliver excellent service to... Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Drainage Engineer & Senior Drainage Engineer

£32,234 - £35,745 (Engineer), £35,745 - £39,880 (Senior Engineer)
Lincolnshire County Council has exciting opportunities for a Drainage Engineer (x1) and Senior Drainage Engineer Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Principal S106 & CIL Officer (Infrastructure Planning)

£43,860 - £46,839 p.a. inc.
To be successful in this role, you will bring strong S106 & CIL collection experience, be able to... Wembley, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Brent Council

Head of Built Environment

£67,036 - £76,613 per annum
The post holder will deliver the effective strategic improvement, co-ordination and management of the planned... Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of Bradford MDC

Highways Maintenance Engineer

£30,492 - £32,851
We are looking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced Highway Maintenance Engineer to join our Key Projects Team at... Worcestershire
Recruiter: Worcestershire County Council

Street Cleaning Operatives / Drivers

£21,795 - £22,995 Per Annum
We are looking for hard working, motivated, reliable people to join our team. Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recruiter: Barnet London Borough Council

Senior Infrastructure Design Engineer

£35,745 - £38,890 per annum
Do you want to work in an innovative, positive team that shapes and develops the places we live and work in? Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Highways Presents

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

Also inside:

Big Interview: IHE President Stephen Webb

ADEPT Traffic Managers' Conference

Legal: JV or not JV?

View the latest issue

Latest Video