THE Welsh Conservatives have announced plans to make Wales the green capital of the world.
Welsh Conservatives claim they “will build back greener with the creation of 15,000 new green jobs, and ensure our economy gets on the road to recovery after the pandemic and 22 years of Labour.”
They claim that they “will also utilise Wales’ coast so they can create long-term, highly skilled green jobs, whilst protecting and enhancing the environment”.
The Welsh Conservatives green economic recovery plan includes:
• Establishing a £150 million Wales Marine Energy Investment Fund to purchase equity in marine energy projects, including small scale and hydro, to produce renewable energy whilst prioritising those with flood protection benefits
• Rolling out 20,000 green charging points across the Welsh road network
• Stimulating the creation of 15,000 long-term green collar jobs
• Working with the private sector to attract Wales’ first Gigafactory
• Supporting the Welsh steel industry to become the greenest in the world
• Working with Welsh universities and the private sector to create a new centre of excellence and research into energy storage and transportation
• Supporting households to improve the energy efficiency of their homes with vouchers up to £5,000, with households on low incomes receiving up to £10,000
• Funding a Welsh Tidal Power Feasibility Study to accelerate the delivery of tidal power projects around Wales and provide open source data for developers
Commenting, Welsh Conservative economy spokesperson, Russell George said: “Our economy is currently experiencing the deepest recession since records began, and evidence shows that Welsh communities could be amongst the worst hit in the UK.
“The pandemic has sadly exposed what 22 years of Labour government has done to Wales and with unemployment rising, unlike elsewhere in the UK, we can’t afford another five years of Labour in Cardiff Bay.
“The Welsh Conservatives have a dynamic economic plan for change to get Wales back on track, and build a brighter, greener, more prosperous future.
“We will work with industry to create 15,000 green jobs, roll out 20,000 green charging points to modernise Wales’ road infrastructure, and work with universities and the private sector to create a new centre of excellence and research into energy storage and transportation.
“It is a plan which is focused on creating jobs and ties into our national mission and commitment to create 65,000 jobs, and help Welsh families bounce back after the most difficult 12 months in a generation.”
Welsh Conservative environment spokesperson, Janet Finch-Saunders said:
“The environment is at the heart of the Welsh Conservative agenda to build a better Wales.
“We will establish a £150 million Wales Marine Energy Investment Fund to purchase equity in marine energy projects, including small scale and hydro, to produce renewable energy whilst prioritising those with flood protection benefits.
“And we will fund a Welsh Tidal Power Feasibility Study to accelerate the delivery of tidal power projects around Wales and utilise our natural resources so we can create highly skilled green jobs for the long-term.
“We either risk more of the same with a tired, clapped-out Labour Party who haven’t delivered what our country needs, or we can change Wales with an exciting green plan full of new energy and new ideas.”