PM: Every UK home will be powered by wind farms by 2030
Boris Johnson will say, in his conference speech Tuesday morning, that every UK home will be powered by electricity from offshore wind farms within a decade.
The prime minister will pledge £160m to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines, promising to “build back greener.”
The plan aims to create 2,000 jobs in construction and support 60,000 more.
He will say the UK is to become “the world leader in clean wind energy”.
“Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle – the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands,” he will say.
His speech comes after his UN biodiversity pledge to protect 30% of UK land for nature as a “boost for biodiversity.”
The plan will see the money invested into manufacturing in Teesside and Humber in northern England, as well as sites in Scotland and Wales.
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Boris said the government was raising its target for offshore wind power capacity by 2030 from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts.
The commitment is just the first stage of a 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution” from the government. No 10 has promised the rest of the details later this year to “accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions by 2050.”
The net-zero target means greenhouse gas emissions would be dramatically slashed and any remaining emissions offset, neutralising environmental impacts and slowing climate change.
The PM’s speech comes amid a “fractious” mood on the Tory backbenches about his handling of the pandemic, according to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg.
She says the occasion could provide the PM with an opportunity to sell his vision of the country post-pandemic to party members.
‘Out in the deepest waters, we will harvest the gust’
Mr Johnson will tell the conference he believes that in 10 years’ time, “offshore wind will be powering every home in the country”.
“Far out in the deepest waters we will harvest the gusts, and by upgrading infrastructure in places like Teesside and Humber and Scotland and Wales, we will increase an offshore wind capacity that is already the biggest in the world.”
The PM will also repeat his pledge for the UK to become the “Saudi Arabia of wind power”, adding: “As Saudi Arabia is to oil, the UK is to wind – a place of almost limitless resource, but in the case of wind without the carbon emissions and without the damage to the environment.”
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