Today, the Prime Minister has announced a new 10 Point Plan to ensure the country builds back greener following the pandemic and tackles one of the most pressing issues of our lifetime – climate change.
It has been welcomed by Caroline Dinenage MP, who shares her constituents passion for tackling climate change and has been supporting the Environment Bill as it makes its way through Parliament.
These new measures will not only help the country reach its target of being net-zero by 2050 – the first major economy to make this commitment – but create 250,000 highly skilled, green jobs. The new, green industrial revolution will face two important issues head-on, unemployment and global warming.
The Plan will be backed by £12 billion to achieve ambitious aims and not only will it make the City of London the global centre of green finance, but create jobs and fuel industry in the North East, Yorkshire, West Midlands, the Humber, Scotland and Wales.
The 10 Point Plan will focus on the UK’s strengths including offshore wind – aiming to power every home by 2030, carbon hydron production and using nuclear as a clean energy source. Investment in carbon capture technology will also remove 10MT of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 2030.
It will not only ensure that energy sources are more sustainable, but homes, hospitals, schools and public buildings will be more energy efficient – installing 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028. Electric vehicles will also be pivotal, with funding to create infrastructure to support the transition from diesel and petrol.
Transport is also central to these ambitions, supporting research projects into zero-emission planes and ships, as well as investment in zero-emission public transport, cycling and walking infrastructure.
On top of this, 30,000 hectares of trees will be planted every year, while the natural environment will be protected and restored. Locally, Gosport Borough Council have already committed to planting 1000 trees in 1000 days.
“I am really pleased to see the clear and ambitious plan published today – showing that the pandemic is not stopping us from delivering on our manifesto promises and tackling other key issues.
“Over a decade of speaking to local residents, I know that climate change is extremely important and, given our coastal location, worrying to them. The time for action is now to create sustainable jobs in a strengthened green economy, and to ensure our biodiversity and habitats are there for our children and grandchildren.”