26 Aug 2010 12:08:02
UK 'needs more green manufacturing investments'
Further investments like the one recently made by Corus in Teesside could see the area become "a hub for green manufacturing", one expert has suggested.
In mid-August the steelmaker revealed plans to construct a £31.5 million plant in Teesside to manufacture wind turbine components, specifically the monopoles that are used to secure offshore turbines to the seabed.
It is thought that the development, which will involve the re-equipment of a number of disused buildings at its existing Teesside plant, could potentially create 220 jobs in the region.
Mike Childs, head of climate at Friends of the Earth, said that the UK "needs to see more of this type of investment being made".
"The coalition must get on with the job of shifting the UK to a low carbon economy - creating new green industries and jobs, securing UK energy supplies and ending fuel poverty," he added.
Mr Childs said that jobs are also likely to be created through the government's Green Deal, which is intended to encourage homeowners to make their properties more energy efficient.