Comment on Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution

Published:17 November 2020

Commenting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution released today (17 Nov), Dr Jonathan Marshall, Head of Analysis at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said: "These points tick off a number of the major policy decisions needed to get the UK demonstrably back on track to its net zero target. Strong support for cleaning up transport, industry and home heating – areas long ignored by the Government – will help deliver on the urgent need to cut emissions shared by people in all corners of the UK.

“Support for hydrogen, carbon capture, clean electricity and housing upgrades will bring hundreds of thousands of jobs, if policies are implemented effectively, locking in high-skilled and well paid jobs up and down the country.

“Bold action on electric transport, easily the biggest pro-climate action from a UK Government since hastening the end of coal power, will make huge ripples overseas, giving a signal to car manufacturers around the world that the future is green, and bolstering Britain’s standing ahead of the vital COP26 conference in late 2021, hosted by the UK in Glasgow.

“However, gaps still remain. Onshore wind and solar energy remain unsupported, long shots such as modular nuclear power and direct air capture may not pay off, and natural solutions to climate change – planting trees and restoring peat bogs – remain largely overlooked and ignored."