UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today announced an investment of £160 million in offshore wind energy, which will enable every home in the UK to receive electricity generated by wind power by 2030. Speaking at the virtual Conservative Party Conference today, he pledged to make the Covid-19 pandemic a catalyst for growing a new, greener economy in the UK.
Mr Johnson said, “We believe that in 10 years’ time offshore wind will be powering every home in the country, with our target rising from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts...Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle – the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands.”
This pledge will be the first of ten steps in a 'Build Back Greener' plan, the details of which will be set out later in the year.
The new investment in offshore wind has been broadly welcomed by environmental groups. However, much more still needs to be done if the UK is to reach its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.