Boris Johnson: Now is the time to plan for a green recovery with high-skilled jobs that give people the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to make the country cleaner, greener and more beautiful. Imagine Britain when a Green Industrial Revolution has helped to level up the country. You cook breakfast using hydrogen power before getting in your electric car, having charged it overnight from batteries made in the Midlands. Around you the air is cleaner; trucks, trains, ships and planes run on hydrogen or synthetic fuel. We will take forward our plans for new nuclear power, from large scale to small and advanced modular reactors.
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Johnson seeks Downing St reset with ‘green industrial revolution’. PM brushes off fears that £12bn package and environmental focus will pose threat to new Tory ‘red wall’ seats.
FT 17th Nov 2020 read more »
Boris Johnson’s £12bn plan for a “green industrial revolution” spans renewable energy, nuclear power and countryside restoration. However, some of the objectives are likely to be difficult to reach, and the plan has been criticised for a lack of ambition in key areas. Tom Burke, chair of the E3G thinktank, said: “The only way to build another big nuclear reactor is if the government puts electricity bills up twice to pay for it – first to buy the concrete and steel to build it and then again to buy its electricity at far higher price than renewable generators will be charging. [And] the main problem with small modular reactors is that no one has one for sale – not even Rolls-Royce. They are actually offering to design one but only if the government will guarantee a £32bn order for 16 and pays half the £400m cost of the design. One word for deciding to go ahead on this basis is ‘brave’, a more appropriate word might be ‘foolhardy’.”
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“Today’s Government announcement is a game changer and we are right behind it. We have a huge contribution to make across nuclear, wind, solar, storage, hydrogen, electric heating, energy saving and electric vehicles. “Hinkley Point C is providing £14 billion of work to the UK supply chain and Sizewell C is ready to create great jobs across the country now.”
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Boris Johnson’s plan is stacked full of the Prime Minister’s favourite buzzwords. He’s promising to “level up” the country with “highly-skilled green jobs”, develop “cutting edge” technologies, and “revitalize” the UK’s heartlands. But beyond the bold rhetoric, how will the Prime Minister’s plans impact daily life?
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Boris Johnson’s new 10-point climate action plan has been labelled ‘inadequate’, with some critics suggesting responses to the emergency have been stronger in European countries such as France Germany. Former Green Party leader, Caroline Lucas, tweeted to say if “the PM thinks this is an adequate response to climate & nature crises, he’s not studied them hard enough”. Meanwhile, shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change, Ed Miliband, said: “The funding in the government’s long-awaited 10-point plan doesn’t remotely meet the scale of what’s needed to tackle the climate emergency … it pales in comparison to the tens of billions committed by France and Germany”. It seems Boris Johnson’s plan is already faltering as a minister admitted this morning that just £4bn of new money has been found for the PM’s new climate emergency plan – echoing the criticism of green groups. Environmental campaigners have welcomed the ambition behind the 10-point package, but immediately cast doubt on the claim that £12bn would be spent on slashing carbon emissions. When pressed, Alok Sharma, the business secretary, admitted: “Yes, around £4bn of this is new money – the other money is money that has been pledged previously or, indeed, at the last Budget.” Greenpeace said: “It’s a shame the PM remains fixated on other speculative solutions, such as nuclear and hydrogen from fossil fuels, that will not be taking us to zero emissions anytime soon, if ever. But although there are some significant question marks and gaps, overall this is a big step forward for tackling the climate emergency.”
Independent 18th Nov 2020 read more »
The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned within a decade, and hybrid cars by 2035, as part of the Government’s £12bn green industrial strategy. The UK will also develop its first town heated entirely with hydrogen by 2030, and invest in thousands of jobs in traditional industrial heartlands. The 10-point plan forms the centrepiece of Boris Johnson’s attempt to “reset” his premiership following the turmoil of Dominic Cummings’ departure. The strategy, which includes £4bn of new spending, also contains a major push on hydrogen for industry, transport and home heating, with plans for a town heated entirely by the gas by 2030, in a move reminiscent of the switch from town gas in the 1960s. The Government also appeared to hedge its bets on the question of how we will heat our homes in the future, pledging to install 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028. Richard Lowes, an energy expert at the University of Exeter, said the Government appeared to be attempting to “run before they can crawl with regards to using hydrogen for heating homes.” He added: “The money for hydrogen would be better spent on energy efficiency measures and heat pumps which can reduce emissions from heating immediately and cost-effectively.”
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The sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned from 2030 and hybrid vehicles outlawed five years later, Boris Johnson will announce today. Diesel lorries will also be phased out in the attempt to meet climate change targets. There will be a significant expansion of grants for domestic energy improvements and new funding for nuclear and hydrogen power.
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A total of £525 million has been pledged “to help develop large and smaller-scale nuclear plants, and research and develop new advanced modular reactors”. However, there is no word as yet on a funding package to support the proposed £20 billion new nuclear plant at Sizewell in Suffolk.
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Boris Johnson to hail offshore wind as he unveils plans for green revolution Boris Johnson has hailed offshore wind as he unveiled the UK Government’s £12 billion Green Industrial Revolution.
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New cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, Boris Johnson has said. But some hybrids would still be allowed, he confirmed. It is part of what the prime minister calls a “green industrial revolution” to tackle climate change and create jobs in industries such as nuclear. Critics of the plan say the £4bn allocated is far too small for the scale of the challenge. The total amount of new money announced in the package is a 25th of the projected £100bn cost of high-speed rail, HS2. The government says it is part of a broader £12bn package of public investment that is expected to draw in much more private sector funding. The plan includes provision for a large nuclear plant – likely to be at Sizewell in Suffolk – and for advanced small nuclear reactors, which it is hoped, will create an estimated 10,000 jobs at Rolls-Royce and other firms. The government will bring forward, to 2023, the date by which new homes will need to be warmed without using gas heating. It will aim to install 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028 – these are low-energy electrical devices for warming homes. And it has extended the Green Homes Grant for home insulation for a year after the first tranche was massively over-subscribed. Clean hydrogen will be blended into the natural gas supply to reduce overall emissions from gas, and the government wants a town to volunteer for a trial of 100% hydrogen for heat, industry and cooking. Shadow business secretary Ed Miliband criticised the plan, saying that the funding “in this long-awaited” announcement does not “remotely meet the scale of what is needed” to tackle unemployment and the climate emergency. “Only a fraction of the funding announced today is new.” He said Labour wanted the government to bring forward £30bn of capital investment over the next 18 months and invest it in low-carbon sectors to support 400,000 additional jobs.
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Clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), zero-carbon transport and offshore wind are all key pillars of Boris Johnson’s Ten Point Plan to push the UK towards net-zero emissions, which will be backed by £12bn in Government investment and aim to create 250,000 new green jobs. The UK will scale up large nuclear generation while also developing small and advanced reactor. This move will cost £525m and could support up to 10,000 jobs, according to the Government.
Edie 18th Nov 2020 read more »
Green groups have welcomed a new Ten Point Llan from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and build towards the net-zero emissions target, but the lack of a clear roadmap is dampening an otherwise monumental green policy moment. Clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), zero-carbon transport and offshore wind are all key pillars of Boris Johnson’s Ten Point Plan to push the UK towards net-zero emissions, which will be backed by £12bn in Government investment and aim to create 250,000 new green jobs. Tom Greatrex, chief executive, Nuclear Industry Association. “The UK Government’s commitment to large, small and advanced nuclear as part of the future energy mix is an important pointer towards how we will achieve net-zero. All zero emissions technologies will need to play their part for net zero to become a reality. It is welcome to see the scale of that ambition recognised, with detail to come in the Energy White Paper, which will be vitally important.
Edie 18th Nov 2020 read more »
Boris Johnson has unveiled his much-vaunted 10-point green recovery plan, promising a multi-billion pound package of investment across the green economy designed to create an estimated 250,000 new jobs in the carbon capture, electric vehicle, nuclear, hydrogen and renewables sectors. Announced late on Tuesday, the new ’10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’ is underpinned by £12bn in new and previously announced investments in the green economy, which Number 10 predicted would mobilise three times as much private sector investment in support of the UK’s 2050 net zero goal, potentially taking the total investment unleashed by the new strategy to nearly £50bn. However, the BBC reported that only around £4bn of the promised funding has not been announced previously, sparking unfavourable comparisons with Germany’s recently announced €40bn green recovery package and accusations from political opponents that the new strategy will not put the UK on track to meet its medium and long term emissions goals. A vote of confidence in nuclear power from the government will also see £525m of state support provided to help develop both large and smaller-scale nuclear plants, and for small modular reactor R&D, while a £20m competition is aimed at supporting the development of clean shipping technologies. However, final details on how the government intends to support the development of new nuclear reactors is not expected to be confirmed until the long-awaited Energy White Paper is published.
Business Green 17th Nov 2020 read more »
Greenpeace briefing on SMRs and Sizewell. The government has produced no analysis to show that nuclear reactors are essential, despite being asked by select committees to do so. It is making the same strategic mistakes in decision making as the Cameron and May governments did with Hinkley. Being drawn in to commitments they can’t pull out from, by conducting secretive deals behind closed doors with no scrutiny or competition, for the convenience of the nuclear industry. What energy policies is Greenpeace calling for instead of nuclear? A commitment to ensuring at least 80% of the UK’s power is generated from renewables by 2030; In addition to a commitment to delivering at least 40GW of total offshore wind generation by 2030, publicly commit to targets for total generation of 45GW of solar and 35GW of onshore wind by 2030.
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Friends of the Earth Scotland gave a scathing reaction to the UK Government’s announcement of a 10-point plan on climate and energy, calling for much more priority on solutions which can reduce emissions and create jobs today. Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Director, Dr Richard Dixon, said: “This much-trailed 10-point plan is deeply disappointing. In this Climate Emergency, what we needed was investment in measures that would reduce emissions drastically over the next decade and create green jobs immediately. Instead, the UK Government is clearly living in fantasy land with far too much reliance on long-term false solutions to the climate crisis like carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and nuclear. “While there are some crumbs from the table in terms of the welcome new target of 2030 to phase out fossil-fuelled cars, overall there is too little new money and too much funding committed to long-term, dangerous distractions. The funding on the table is a fraction of what’s needed to bring emissions down over the next decade, and the plan lacks credible detail about how it would create decent green jobs and ensure a truly just and green recovery from COVID-19. “At a time when electricity from renewables is getting cheaper and cheaper it is impossible to understand why the UK Government continues to throw public money at eye-wateringly expensive large reactors and falls for the nuclear industry’s latest myth, that small modular reactors dotted around the country will ever be cheap or safe. Fortunately Scotland has turned its back on new reactors”
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