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Boris Johnson warned slow progress on green jobs risks 660,000 jobs

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TUC boss Frances O’Grady will say that 259,000 manufacturing and 407,000 jobs in supply chains are under threat as global demand for products made without fossil fuels grows

More than 660,000 British jobs will disappear abroad unless Boris Johnson gets a move on with the UK’s green agenda.

The warning from TUC boss Frances O’Grady comes as her virtual conference opens on Sunday with debates on climate change and decarbonising the economy.

Ms O’Grady will say that 259,000 manufacturing and 407,000 jobs in supply chains are under threat as global demand for products made without fossil fuels grows.

Britain is still dependent on burning coal to manufacture steel yet Sweden is already introducing green technologies using hydrogen.

Alan Coombs, 56, Community union rep at Port Talbot steelworks, South Wales said: “Companies overseas are already setting target dates for green steel. But the UK isn’t even putting our toe in the water.

“We have families here who are third or fourth generation working at the plant.

“If we don’t have apprenticeships in green steel technology soon, there won’t be another generation.”



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And Ms O’Grady added: “The world is moving away from carbon and toward net zero. The UK must keep up with the pace of change.

“There’s still time to protect vital jobs in manufacturing and its supply chains. But the clock is ticking.”

Yet as the UK prepared to host the COP26 climate change summit in November it is lagging behind most other G7 countries in green technology.

The US is investing the equivalent of £2,960 per person on programmes such as electric vehicles and energy efficiency compared to £180 in Britain.









And Britain’s green recovery investment is just a quarter of France and a fifth of Canada’s.

TUC analysis shows that the regions with the most direct jobs at risk are the North West with 39,100, Yorkshire and the Humber on 36,900 and the West Midlands with 31,300.

The region with the least jobs under threat is London with 8,100.



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