Boris Johnson is to announce £160 million of investment in ports and factories as he pledges that offshore wind will produce enough electricity to power every home in a decade. Promising to make Britain the “Saudi Arabia of wind”, the prime minister will vow to upgrade facilities along the east coast of England as well as Scotland and Wales to ensure that the next generation of wind turbines are made in the UK.
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Boris Johnson is set to cast a major vote of confidence in the UK’s flourishing offshore wind sector tomorrow in a bid to help the country “build back greener”, confirming a higher target for 40GW of capacity by 2030, backed by £160m investment towards state-of-the-art turbine manufacturing. The Prime Minister will use his Conservative Party conference speech tomorrow to trail a hotly-anticipated 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution” – full details of which are set to be unveiled later this year – as well as announcing a major package of support for offshore wind. The 10-point plan is expected to include “ambitious targets and major investment into industries, innovation and infrastructure that will accelerate the UK’s path to net zero by 2050” according to the government, and is widely expected to include new investment in hydrogen technology and carbon capture and storage (CCS), alongside an earlier ban on sales of fossil fuel cars. The higher goal is expected to support 60,000 new jobs in the sector – both directly and also indirectly in ports, factories and supply chains – and comes backed by £160m government investment to upgrade ports and infrastructure in Scotland, Wales and North East England to help support turbine manufacturing and maintenance. That comes on top of an additional new target for 1GW of floating offshore wind capacity by 2030 – more than 15 times today’s total capacity worldwide – which allows turbines to be built further out at sea in deeper waters where winds are often stronger. In order to reach the higher goals, the government plans to set a target to support up to double the capacity of renewable energy support up for grabs in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction, which is set to open in late 2021, alongside “stringent” goals to support UK turbine manufacturing, it said. The government claims delivering the new goals will produce enough renewable electricity to power every home in the country through offshore wind by 2050, meeting the average electricity needs of up to 14 million homes. Moreover, an announcement is expected imminently on an earlier target date for ending sales of petrol and diesel car sales, bringing forward the current deadline of 2035, while the long-awaited Energy White Paper could emerge as soon as this month. The Energy White Paper is just one of many policy documents long called for by UK industry to provide a much needed roadmap for decarbonising electricity and heating in line with the UK’s net zero targets, with the National Infrastructure Strategy and Transport Decarbonisation Plan also widely sought for publication in the near future.
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Johnson heralds UK green investment to meet climate targets. Johnson heralds UK green investment to meet climate targets. Promise of £160m for wind power with initiatives for hydrogen fuel and carbon. Boris Johnson will unveil plans on Tuesday to invest 160 million pounds ($207.79 million) in building the next generation of wind turbines and other green energy policies to help the UK meet its climate targets — including hydrogen fuel, carbon capture and storage, wind farms and bringing forward the ban on the sale of new petrol cars.
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Boris Johnson is planning to announce a multi-billion pound package of green measures, including bringing forward the ban on petrol cars, in a bid to meet the UK’s zero carbon targets. The raft of green policies, such as hydrogen-fuelled transport, carbon capture and storage and more wind farms are being drawn up by No10 to be unveiled as soon as the end of October. Downing Street said the Prime Minister is committed to “building back greener” in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and ahead of the UK hosting the UN’s climate change conference, which has been delayed until next year.
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As political clamour and determination to cut carbon emissions grows, so too has excitement around the prospects of game-changing technologies that can accelerate the process. From clean hydrogen to carbon capture and storage there is a rising cacophony around the potential of “silver bullet” solutions to climate change. But there is a hitch: both of these technologies remain too expensive and neither has yet been successfully deployed at scale. Experts say a focus on futuristic solutions distracts from the ability of the energy sector to significantly decarbonise power production by using readily available technology and ramping up the deployment of renewables. The costs of wind and solar power generation have fallen by 90 per cent and 60 per cent, respectively, over the past decade, according to the ETC. That makes them competitive in price with fossil fuels.
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