60,000 green jobs under threat from Coalition cuts

A key fund directed at upgrading British ports for offshore wind is to be axed. It could lead to loss of around 60,000 green jobs at 3 major wind turbine factories.

The Guardian reports this morning that a key fund directed at upgrading British ports to accommodate for an offshore wind boom is to be axed.

If their report is correct, this could lead to the loss of around 60,000 green jobs at three major wind turbine factories planned by industry.

Siemens, General Electric and Mitsubishi have all said over the last year that their proposed factories were contingent on this key funding. For example, back in July the Financial Times reported that:

Peter Loscher, chief executive of Siemens, told the Financial Times that a proposed £60m overhaul of some ports, intended to make them ready for the heavy duty wind turbines under development, was vital if the company was to proceed with building an £80m manufacturing facility that could create hundreds of “green jobs”.

“This is something that is definitely needed,” he said. “We are hopeful that it will go ahead.”

In February, Nick Clegg spoke exclusively to Left Foot Forward saying that the Lib Dems would invest £400m upgrading shipyards to make them suitable for offshore wind infrastructure.

Clegg told us:

“We need to remove the blockages – lack of space, access to facilities and transport to off-shore sites… Refurbishing seven of the ports will be a shot in the arm to increasing industry and manufacturing that will benefits regions like the North East.”

A Yougov poll last month showed that three-quarters of Lib Dem members wanted clean energy funds like this one either protected or increased in the CSR, and in the last fortnight Chris Huhne re-committed the government to hugely increasing the share of UK energy from renewable sources.

Professor Tom Burke, an influential energy expert who advises government and the private sector on low-carbon business, yesterday warned that the Treasury is attempting to scale back or kill the government’s proposed Green Investment Bank. In an article for The Guardian, Burke outlined four tests of the bank’s credibility:

– The bank will have a mandate wide enough to finance any measure that will reduce carbon emissions;

– It will be established by statute – this matters a lot as it guarantees its independence of government;

– It will have a full set of powers including the ability to issue green bonds;

– Its subscribed capital will begin at £2bn.

Today’s reported cut follows significant other cuts to clean energy budgets.

37 Responses to “60,000 green jobs under threat from Coalition cuts”

  1. fljf

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  2. Kemi

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  3. Kerry Jenkins

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  4. Mark Jarnell

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  5. Andy Sutherland

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  6. Oxford Kevin

    This is madness in so many ways. Climate Change, Peak Oil, Jobs in the North of England. //bit.ly/bfHsTE

  7. Celyn

    ToLies cutting off nose to spite face //ow.ly/2QvU2

  8. Celyn

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  9. Celyn

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  10. Guy Shrubsole

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  11. Sahar Mirhadi

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  12. Anon E Mouse

    Joss Garman – How can there be a “loss” of 60,000 jobs when those jobs currently don’t exist?

    Furthermore where does the “60,000” fantasy figure come from? Siemens claim only 700 jobs, with possibly another 1500 in that supply chain…

    Multiply that by three for three companies it amounts, at best case, to 6000 jobs – a tenth of your (usual) alarmist type exaggerated claims.

    You also seem to forget (understandable I suppose as an Ed Miliband fanboy) that the one wind turbine factory we did have was closed under the last useless Labour government.

    We currently have the greenest government this country has ever seen by their removal of Runway 3 at Heathrow – I assumed your job was done at that point but obviously not…

  13. Chris

    @Mouse

    Grow up you pathetic LibDem apologist, your inconsistency and hypocrisy is breath taking. Where is your evidence for the Joss being a Ed Miliband fanboy? It seems you haven’t learnt your lesson from the last time you accused Joss of being a Labour stooge.

    “We currently have the greenest government this country has ever seen by their removal of Runway 3 at Heathrow – I assumed your job was done at that point but obviously not…”

    You don’t have a clue about green issues.

    It looks like I’ll have to tell the panel at your next case review that you haven’t been taking your meds and have had a major relapse. Very unfortunate but it looks like its back to the padded room again for you.

  14. JoshC

    On the face of it this seems to be an even more myopically stupid move than the Forgemasters fiasco. Not only do 60,000 people not get employed as a direct result of a government decision (at a time when we NEED people to get jobs and pay taxes) but we also lose out on increasing our renewable energy generation ability when both of the parties in government spent the last couple of years telling us that we faced power shortages in the near future.

    Short-sighted idiocy seems to be a running theme in this government.

  15. Anon E Mouse

    Chris – School finished early eh?

    Since the coalition government blocked Heathrow’s Runway 3 – not Joss Garman or “Plane Stupid”, which according to their website the number one part of their mission statement is: “End to short haul flights and airport expansion”

    Link Here: (//www.planestupid.com/aboutus)

    The coalition did that Chris, not Joss Garman, the Ed Miliband fanboy.

    (Nice to see you didn’t listen to those people who cautioned you about your obsessional and compulsive behaviour and the need to moderate it in public – it’s why you don’t have a partner Chris – take note young man…)

  16. Chris

    @mouse

    LOL!!! Your inconsistency is showing through again:

    “School finished early eh?”

    “it’s why you don’t have a partner Chris”

    Since when did school boys have partners? Total inconsistency in your sarcasm as well as your ideas.

    There is more to green/environmental issues than Heathrow, the tories are trying to push through a massive cull of badgers based not on evidence but dogma.

  17. Joss Garman

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  18. Oxford Kevin

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  19. william haymes

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  20. Anon E Mouse

    Chris – As an animal lover I quite agree but what does that have to do with Climate Change and Joss Gasrman, the Ed Miliband fanboy?

    Did you not check the link to Plane Stupid? You seem to be plain(ly) stupid if not (I’ve used that line before I admit)…

    I certainly had girlfriends at school – you could be 18 – you have to be 17 to be driving and if that’s your excuse go with it little fella…

  21. Mike Guillaume

    So much for the -or some of the possible steps to- “greening of economy” (or green economy, tout court), one of the key points in Lib Dems’ economic agenda. If the report is correct, that’s another promise vanishing in.. the air.
    Picking up on Nick Clegg’s words in Left Foot Forward I wrote a piece for Lib Dem Voice on February 15 this year (you can still read it at //www.libdemvoice.org/opinion-from-shipyards-to-wind-turbines-britain-needs-bets-17942.html).
    To cut it short, I was, among others, urging the UK and its government to bet on BETS (i.e. business, environmental, technology and social enterprises and economy) to make steps towards a real economic reinvention (read //www.mikeconomics.net/downloads/downloads/Needed%20Britain%20economic%20reinvention.pdf). What manufacturing industries are left in Britain now? Why missing opportunities to rebuild some, instead of chasing the City gamblers?
    The more I look at it and the more I regard the Lib Con bet ill-founded.
    The cut-spending obession is one example. This is another evidence.

  22. Chris

    @mousey

    LOL, having spent most of your adult life in institutions I wouldn’t expect you to know very much about girls but really girlfriend and partner are rather different things. No 17 year old goes around introducing his bird as his “partner” ffs.

    “Chris – As an animal lover I quite agree but what does that have to do with Climate Change and Joss Gasrman, the Ed Miliband fanboy?”

    For fucksake can’t you read? I’ll say it again for the thickie at the back, whose too busy talking about his 17 yo “partner” to the other patients, there is a lot more to environmentalism than climate change. This government can’t claim to be green simply because it stopped runway 3 but being a deranged LibDem hack that is all you talk about, what about the badgers? Industrial dairies? Expansion of regional airports?

    The next drug round is at 18:00, mouse, make sure you swallow the pills this time; they’re not suppositories.

  23. John Ruddy

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  24. New Internationalist

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  25. geoff1

    @chris

    that’s who’s not whose.

    they not do spelling at school these days?

  26. thegreengod

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  27. Chris

    @geoff1

    Yawn…mousey your sockpuppets have come out to play.

  28. Mr. Sensible

    Mr Mouse, the factory probably closed because of the amount of nimbyism in certain places across the country.

    As for:
    ‘We currently have the greenest government this country has ever seen…’

    Alright, I believe removing Runway 3 was a very good thing, and there aren’t many of those from this government.

    But their green credibility ends there.

    This is an example of government investment helping the economy.

  29. phonebook

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  30. Anon E Mouse

    Mr.Sensible – Apart from huge amounts of hot air from the last useless Labour government tell me exactly what they did?

    They taxed us to the hilt for so called “green issues” and then spent the money on nothing to do with those very same issues – they promoted Runway 3 for goodness sake. Hypocrites.

    Onto your nimbyism – rubbish. It was Vestas on the Isle Of White and the LABOUR government didn’t help it out: The company say – “It blamed a number of factors, including the weakness of the pound and “a lack of political initiatives”.

    The lack of the political initiative was taken by Ed Miliband, a favourite of Joss Garman (one of his biggest fanboys) and the writer of this very article.

    //www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jul/21/wind-turbine-factory-occupation

    So once again Mr.Sensible you are criticising the coalition for the very same thing your precious Labour government did.

    I ask again. Did you hear Ed Miliband’s speech or not at the conference?

  31. Anon E Mouse

    Chris – Partner, girlfriend, wife… whatever. It’s just a name.

    Grow up little man…

  32. Lee

    RT @thegreengod: 60000 green jobs under threat from Coalition cuts | Left Foot Forward: You don't have a clue about green issues. I… //bit.ly/9oqEMD

  33. Chris

    @mousey

    While I’m all for treatment and rehabilitation of psychiatric patients through psychotherapy your pushing it to the limit. As I’ve said before, for you mouse, a lobotomy is probably the best course of treatment available.

  34. Mr. Sensible

    Mouse, the last government was wrong to promote Runway 3.

    And 1 thing the last government did was to create the Department of Energy and Climet Change, something which is threatened by the Spending Review.

    And I don’t think Cameron mentioned the issue in his conference speech.

  35. Anon E Mouse

    Mr.Sensible – Where do you get the idea that department is being scrapped? (I certainly hope it is).

    Cameron is a Prime Minister trying to fix the mess left from the last useless Labour government – he’s busy I think and unable to mention every single issue the country faces…

  36. Anon E Mouse

    Chris – Your’re like a broken record little fella – grow up.

    Since you have criticised me in the past for spelling, can you please go to your English lesson today:- “…your pushing it to the limit” should be “…you’re pushing it to the limit” – an abbreviation of “you” and “are” not “your”.

    If you don’t buck up you won’t pass your GCSE’s Titch…

  37. AndyHix

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