Furness’ MP has set out his vision for creating local green jobs in the Net Zero Northern Powerhouse essay collection, published today by the Conservative Environment Network.
The collection recommends a suite of new policies that would help the government deliver its cornerstone manifesto pledge to level up the North of England, while also implementing its 2050 net zero emissions target and creating good-quality jobs in emerging green industries.
Local MP Simon Fell said: “I’m delighted to take part in this essay collection. The North of England has a proud history as the pioneers of the first industrial revolution. We are now set to be the innovators and engineer, driving the new green industrial revolution.
From the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector off the North East and North West coastline, to the EVs that are manufactured in Sunderland and the hydrogen that is produced in the Tees Valley, the North has the technological excellence that the UK will need to reach net zero. The government should support these innovative green businesses in our area to grow, develop new clean technologies, and create thousands more jobs.”
The MP’s essay sets out his recommendations to carry out a comprehensive skills review, and to develop net zero skills by reforming training standards to make it easier for people to transition between industries and improve their skill range. Other topics contained within Mr Fell’s essay include making the case to fund three tidal barrages in Cumbria and building a net zero institute of technology in the county.