'Low carbon industry funding could create green jobs in Burnley' - MP

The North West is set to benefit from over £150m. Government investment as part of an ambitious blueprint to deliver the world’s first low-carbon industrial sector and to cut emissions from public buildings like schools and hospitals.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 3:45 pm

The funding comes as part of a package of national measures announced by the Business and Energy Secretary that will create and support approximately 80,000 UK jobs over the next 30 years.

The national pot comprises £171 million which has been allocated to nine green tech projects across the UK to cut emissions from industry, and £932 million to decarbonise heat and improve the energy efficiency of public buildings across the country.

Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham said: “Making sure public buildings such as schools and hospitals are as energy efficient as possible is the right approach to tackling climate change.

Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham

"And investing in a low carbon industry such as onshore and offshore hydrogen projects will not only help in us achieving net zero by 2050 but will bring opportunities for high skill, high paid jobs across the North West, including here in Burnley and Padiham."

Business and Energy Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “While reaching our climate targets will require extensive change across our economy, we must do so in a way that protects local jobs, creates new industries and attracts inward investment - without pushing emissions and business abroad.

“This funding will support the North West to become a low carbon industrial cluster, creating up to 10,000 new green jobs and capturing huge quantities of emissions."