British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to increase the UK’s offshore wind target to 40GW for 2030. Johnson said the government will add 10GW to the existing 30GW goal if his Conservative party is re-elected in next month’s General Election. The current target was established earlier this year in a joint industry-state sector deal. The PM said the increased 40GW by 2030 ambition would create 9000 new jobs. The Offshore Wind Industry Council welcomed Boris Johnson’s commitment, which it said will quadruple the UK’s offshore wind capacity from 8.5GW today. The UK Labour party has a plan to set up a state-backed investment company to support the building of 37 new offshore wind farms in domestic waters by 2030. The ‘People Power Plan’ would see 52GW of offshore wind online by the end of the next decade, up from the existing 30GW target.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to increase the offshore wind target from 30 gigawatts (GW) to 40GW by 2030. The 10 GW increase was pledged was pledged by Mr Johnson while on the campaign trail yesterday. He also suggested the move could create an additional 9000 jobs. The Labour Party has also vowed to increase the offshore wind goal, with a pledge to get the target to 52GW within ten years. The UK currently has 8.5GW of operational offshore wind capacity.
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A Liberal Democrat government would spend £100bn tackling the effects of climate change and protecting the environment, the party’s finance spokesman is set to announce. In a speech on Friday, Sir Ed Davey will say the five-year investment would “jump-start” efforts to combat the “climate emergency”. The pledge would be funded through borrowing and tax changes.
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Climate change took centre stage in the UK’s election campaign yesterday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson dedicated large parts of his first major speech on the campaign trail to the UK’s decarbonisation plans. Just hours after he faced fierce criticism from members of the public over his government’s response to the floods that have afflicted northern England, Johnson appeared at LEVC’s plug-in hybrid factory in Coventry, which produces London’s new low emission black cabs. During a speech in which the Prime Minister repeatedly focused on the huge potential of clean technologies, Johnson credited the “amazing” LEVC cabs with cutting 10,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year across the capital. Recalling the development of the original plans to produce the new electric models, he hailed the taxis “as a symbol of my type of Conservative politics”.
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