Ørsted Welcomes UK's 10-point Plan for a Low-carbon Industrial Revolution

Ørsted Welcomes UK's 10-point Plan for a Low-carbon Industrial Revolution

Duncan Clark, Head of UK Region for Ørsted

Duncan Clark, Head of UK Region for Ørsted

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 11:45am

CONTENT: Blog

Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week laid out a “10 Point Plan for a Green Recovery” to tackle climate change, mobilise green investments and create jobs in the United Kingdom. He reconfirmed the government's 40GW offshore wind target by 2030, added a target for 5GW of annual hydrogen production by 2030 and proposed creating low-carbon hubs including clusters based around CCS (carbon capture and storage) facilities.

Another major commitment was to bring forward the end of sales of petrol and diesel cars in the UK to 2030, as well as substantial investment in EV charging infrastructure. The plan envisions a green industrial revolution that will help create and support up to 250,000 British jobs.

Duncan Clark, Head of UK Region for Ørsted, said:

"We welcome the UK Government’s ten-point plan as a clear commitment to a low-carbon industrial revolution, setting out the widespread infrastructure renewal required to further accelerate the UK towards a green recovery and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

"Delivered against the backdrop of an ambitious 40GW target of offshore wind by 2030, this is achievable if Government and the industry continue to work together to accelerate deployment and build out the UK project pipeline as quickly as possible. Offshore wind’s role will be even more important as it becomes the backbone of a clean, affordable electricity system. It will deliver green power for transport, heat and technologies such as making renewable hydrogen at scale, helping create thousands more long-term, skilled jobs across the UK in offshore wind and its supply chain.

"In that context the new target of 5GW of low carbon hydrogen by 2030 is particularly welcome. Other European countries are pushing ahead with renewable hydrogen projects, getting in place the required policy frameworks and investment. The Government’s commitment to hydrogen will provide the framework for future investment and help to position the UK at the global forefront of the development and deployment of this much-needed technology."

Contact:

Paul Haines
Head of UK Media Relations
pauha@orsted.co.uk
+44 (0) 7880 149088

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