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CCC welcomes UK Government boost for offshore wind

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) today welcomes the Prime Minister’s commitment to boost the UK’s capacity to generate low-carbon power, delivering 40GW of electricity by 2030 in line with the CCC’s recommendations.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference, Boris Johnson set out his ambition for the UK to become a world leader in offshore wind in the next 10 years. This includes £160m of investment in ports and factories to manufacture the next generation of wind turbines.

Responding to the announcement, the Committee on Climate Change’s Deputy Chair, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, said:

“We strongly welcome the Government’s commitment to deliver more electricity from offshore wind in the next decade, rising to 40GW by 2030. This announcement will boost the UK’s source of cheap, low-carbon electricity to power our homes, businesses, vehicles and appliances – whilst delivering green jobs up and down the country. If we’re to reach Net Zero UK emissions by 2050, we’ll need to see similarly bold commitments to cut emissions from our buildings, industry, transport and land. But today’s pledge, if delivered, is a positive sign that we’re heading in the right direction.”

Notes to editors

  • The Prime Minister announced that the Government intends the UK to become a world leader in low cost, clean power generation.
  • The target for offshore wind generation will rise from 30GW to 40GW by 2030, including 1GW of floating offshore wind by 2030.
  • The Government will invest £160m in ports and factories to manufacture the next generation of wind turbines.
  • The new investment is expected to create 2000 jobs and support a further 60,000.

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