Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm.
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New £160m Build Back Greener scheme set to create 2,000 UK jobs

Plans to create jobs and slash carbon emissions in the UK have today been set out by the government.

The new Build Back Greener scheme will see £160m funding made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure across the country, in order to increase offshore wind capacity - which currently meets 10 per cent of the UK’s electricity demand.

The investment is set to create 2,000 new construction jobs, as well as supporting approximately 60,000 established jobs.

This comes as part of the prime minister’s goal to see the UK achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Prime minister Boris Johnson commented: “Our seas hold immense potential to power our homes and communities with low-cost green energy and we are already leading the way in harnessing its strengths.

“Now, as we build back better we must build back greener. So we are committing to new ambitious targets and investment into wind power to accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions by 2050.

“This sets us on our path towards a green industrial revolution, which will provide tens of thousands of highly-skilled jobs.”

Alok Sharma, business and energy secretary, said: “The offshore wind sector is a major British success story, providing cheap, green electricity while supporting thousands of good-quality jobs.

“Powering every home in the country through offshore wind is hugely ambitious, but it’s exactly this kind of ambition which will mean we can build back greener and reach net zero emissions by 2050.”

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