New Wales clean energy plan unlocks opportunity to generate jobs, boost economy

Clare Saxon Ghauri
14 March 2012

LONDON: Today the Welsh Government published a new energy plan which highlights the huge opportunity in clean energy to create new jobs and boost Wales’ economic growth. 

The new energy strategy, Energy Wales: A Low Carbon Transition, outlines several key actions which aim to increase low carbon energy investment in the region and position Wales at the forefront of clean technology development.

Commitments in the report include:

  • Bringing together key experts in Wales to establish it as a leader of innovation, research and development in clean energy
  • Providing support to businesses to enable them to compete for energy contracts and maximize jobs and economic growth
  • Improving the energy infrastructure
  • Ensuring all energy investment contributes to Wales’ long-term wealth

First Minister Carwyn Jones said in a statement: "There is no escaping the challenges of climate change and energy security. However, these challenges are also a golden opportunity for Wales to lead the way in creating a low carbon economy, and lay the foundations for a better future and maximize the long term benefits to Wales at every stage along the way."

He added: "Last year the renewable and low carbon sectors supported 29,000 jobs in Wales. I want to see these figures increase and see Wales securing the highest possible number of the 250,000 additional jobs predicted for the energy sector in the UK in the coming years. Business is essential to our energy and our economic future. We therefore aim to build on Wales’ reputation – working in partnership with the industry – to ensure that we are not only ‘open for business’, but are once again seen as a global center for energy."

Environment Minister John Griffiths said: "Wales, like the rest of the world, is working hard to make the move to more sustainable, low carbon energy. It is vital that we do this in a way that is sensitive to the needs of our communities, creates sustainable, local jobs and supports Wales’ wider economy. As a government we are committed to working in partnership – with private, public and social sectors – to make this a reality."

Luc Bas, Director of European Programmes and International States and Regions, The Climate Group commented: “There are many potentials still to be reaped in areas such as energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy, and ambitious regions around the world like Wales are taking a leading role in making such innovations a reality."

More on our work with the Welsh Government

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