More than 5,500 jobs are set to be created in Doncaster over the next decade as the town becomes 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 energy jobs from the current 8,000 to more than 13,000.
The town currently accounts for over 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 said the figures show 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 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.”
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.