Johnson pledges green investments

During a visit to the London Electric Vehicle company, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged that should the Conservatives win the forthcoming election, he would ensure large-scale investments in green technologies, create more charging points for EVs and build capacity of offshore wind power generation.

Although Johnson has had a reputation for ‘green’ policies in the past, and hinted at increased spending in the are before, his speech included some detailed plans, including a charging point within 30 miles of every household from a £500m investment and a new target for offshore wind power capacity, of 40GW by 2030.

Johnson also underlined a commitment o research, with a pledge of £800m for carbon capture technology, and £500m for carbon reduction.

The Offshore Wind Industry Council welcomed Johnson’s commitment to more that quadrupling the UK’s offshore wind capacity from 8.5 gigawatts today to 40GW by 2030, with the co-chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council, Benj Sykes, UK country manager for Ørsted, saying: “We welcome this commitment to expand offshore wind in the UK, as it will boost our ability to reach net-zero emissions at low cost using a technology which can deliver at scale. The announcement contains a key commitment to taking cross-Government actions to enable us to reach 40GW by 2030.”

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