24 Jun 2010 05:06:04
Govt green policies 'should create UK jobs'
The government is making positive strides with the creation of the Green Investment Bank but the focus should be placed on creating UK jobs, it has been suggested.
George Osborne's Budget has already been criticised by green groups for not doing enough to push the creation of a low carbon economy.
However, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said that measures, such as possible changes to aviation tax from a per person to per plane levy, would have a positive effect on carbon emissions.
John Barwise, chairman of the Cumbria Green Business Forum, said that the Green Investment Bank "is the most positive commitment to come out of the Budget".
Mr Barwise added that government projects like the £75 billion offshore wind farm programme will stimulate manufacturing jobs overseas rather than in the UK.
"The government should seize the initiative and use the Green Investment Bank to promote investment in manufacturing, ports and other facilities in the northwest that will stimulate economic growth and create jobs," he added.