Lucy Winskell, OBE, Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), today (18 November 2020) welcomed the Prime Minister’s ten-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.
She said: “The North East’s geographic, social and economic characteristics, coupled with its clean growth strengths, means it is well placed to deliver at pace and at scale on the government’s ten-point plan ambitions announced today. These represent a transformational opportunity for the region’s economy.
“We are home to a range of pioneering collaborative projects and activities across the areas identified in the plan. The North East’s strengths in offshore wind and green energy solutions align very strongly with the government’s priorities, and we are already leading the way in key areas through our Energy for Growth strategy and our collaborative networks including the North East Energy Catalyst and Energi Coast.
“We are in a strong position to lead in many areas thanks to our work to drive the electric revolution with low carbon vehicles and battery manufacture and our unique energy innovation asset base including the world’s first integrated Smart Energy Lab. We also have a world leading offshore wind cluster, crucial elements of national hydrogen trials, and nationally important heat and home energy trials.
“A greener and more inclusive economy is at the heart of the COVID-19 Recovery and Renewal plan for the region and we will continue to work closely with government and industry to play our part in the green industrial revolution, creating greener jobs and invest in greener transport options and industries of the future.”