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DEI responds to Prime Minister's10 point plan for Green Industrial Revolution

(19 November 2020)

DEI welcomes the Green Industrial Revolution 10-point plan with its emphasis on supporting zero-carbon solutions, 'Levelling-up' and creating green jobs in the North.

Together with the four Faculties comprising Durham University, we are developing a long-term green job strategy including future programmes and changes to current courses, which will support this plan.

DEI are leading on a wide range of Regional and National initiatives on offshore wind, hydrogen, deployment of CCS, large-scale decarbonisation of heating, delivery of new energy materials and meeting society’s demand for affordable, secure and sustainable energy provision. We offer our support to the new Zero Carbon Taskforces.

Key points from the DEI response include:

  • Government commitment to hydrogen will stimulate the additional financial and commercial investment required to make crucial energy system resilience and security of supply a reality.
  • The offshore wind targets are ambitious but achievable as long as there is investment in developing port infrastructure and installation vessels and techniques.
  • We are delighted at the introduction of an enhanced standard for new buildings and note that this will also require an enhanced energy and transport infrastructure, and continuation of Renewable Heat Incentives. DEI are leading on a wide range of decarbonising heating initiatives and offer their support to the new Zero Carbon Taskforce.
  • We also welcome the emphasis on levelling-up, creating high quality jobs and opportunities for disadvantaged areas in the North of England to support UK-wide sustainability. Dr. Andrew Wright, Durham University Professor in Practice and former Director at Ofgem said: “It is essential the 10 point plan puts society and justice considerations at the forefront”

Download the full response here.