More than 5,500 jobs are set to be created in Doncaster over the next decade as the town tries to position itself as one of the UK’s biggest ‘green energy hubs’.
New investment projects by Doncaster Council are expected to increase the number of people employed in ‘green’ jobs from 8,000 currently to more than 13,000.
The town currently accounts for more than a third of all primary green jobs in South Yorkshire - for example in waste and recycling and renewable energy.
A further 6,600 workers are employed in secondary green sectors such as agriculture and forestry, construction, heating and energy equipment manufacture.
Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones welcomed the news of a jobs boost for the town and said the figures showed the importance of the green agenda to the town’s economy.
She said: “We have many investment and regeneration plans for the next five years but to do these we need to do so with as minimal impact on the environment as possible.
“We need to think about everything from what materials are used, whether we are using renewable energy, how developments will be powered, energy efficiency - and their effect on the look of the environment.
“Low carbon is a fast growing and dynamic sector.
“Our plan is to build upon the infrastructure we already have in Doncaster to deliver low carbon-led growth, including the delivery of the DN7 initiative in Hatfield and Stainforth, which will create one of the largest low carbon and renewable technology business communities in the UK.”
Up to 6,500 jobs could be created through the DN7 initiative – a scheme to provide a new link road from junction five of the M18 to Hatfield, along with a proposed carbon capture power facility and business parks.
According to the report, Doncaster is full of green potential.
In terms of solar power, vast amounts of land are available for solar farms.
It also has the highest waste recycling rate in South Yorkshire, boasts some of the most productive agricultural farmland in England for growing food or energy crops and has huge potential to help meet its own future energy needs through biomass.