Published: 21st Aug 2020

The TUC has called for a series of regional industrial plans to help the UK achieve its net-zero carbon emission target. In a new report out today (21 August), the TUC said that while climate change is ‘the most pressing existential threat facing the planet’, the transition to net zero may ‘look very different in different parts of the country’. The report argues that net-zero plans must be tailored for each region. For example, the North East seaboard is suitable for carbon capture and storage, which would protect jobs in heavy industry. And the North West has a history of nuclear power and a suitably skilled workforce to attract a new generation of smaller modular nuclear power plants. It also argues that the UK needs a social partnership approach to reaching net zero and recovering from the pandemic. The report says regional panels should be established in tandem with a UK national council for recovery and transition. They should include government, unions, employers, Job Centre Plus and civic partners to jointly develop plans that can gain public support. ‘National action … (To read the full article, subscribe below)