Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union representing energy workers, gave its backing to a fast track plan to decarbonise the UK’s energy system and create 850,000 new skilled jobs in green industry, today (Thursday 24 October).

The plan titled 30 by 2030 which is authored by a group of independent energy experts tasked by the Labour party, was described by Unite as a ‘game changer’ in the debate about decarbonising the economy.

Commenting Unite national officer for energy Peter McIntosh said: “This plan is a ‘game changer’ in the debate about how we decarbonise energy in a way that boosts jobs and the economy, while protecting our environment for future generations.

“As the largest union representing energy workers, we very much welcome the continued commitment by the Labour party to put workers at the heart of the transition to a green economy.

“This radical plan will not only create 850,000 new skilled unionised jobs here in the UK, but also help end fuel poverty while boosting household incomes.”

30 by 2030 identifies four goals to transform the UK’s energy supply and use: reducing energy waste in buildings and industry; decarbonising heat; boosting renewable and low carbon electricity generation; and balancing the UK’s supply and demand.

Thirty recommendations to meet these goals include upgrading every home in the UK with energy saving measures like insulation and double glazing, focusing first on damp homes and areas with fuel poverty; installing 8 million heat pumps; installation of 7,000 off-shore wind turbines, 2,000 more on-shore wind turbines and solar panels covering an area of 22,000 football pitches, tripling the UK’s current capacity and a commitment to nuclear power.

By 2030 the recommended investment in the energy sector would create 850,000 new skilled jobs in green industry and increase household incomes by 2 per cent due to the creation of jobs, capital investments, increasing labour productivity and boosting GDP.


For more information journalists only please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 alex.flynn@unitetheunion.org

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.