THE CHIEF of an electricity firm says he backs the Government's 'green recovery' plan.

Peter Emery, CEO of Electricity North West made the comments in lights of Boris Johnson's announcement for a "green industrial revolution", to create 250,000 jobs, last week.

Mr Emery said: “We are already investing £63.5m in the network through our Leading the North West to Zero Carbon plan as we try to help our region hit its ambitious targets – to be net zero by 2038 in Greater Manchester whilst we are also very conscious there are active discussions about targets in Cumbria, Lancashire and other parts of the North West region we serve.

"Not only that, spades are already in the ground on key strategic projects.

“We have a huge opportunity now to drive the UK’s recovery from Covid-19 by investing in the green economy. At Electricity North West, we are in the middle of our largest ever public engagement programme and it is clear from what we have heard so far that people across the North West want us to be proactive and step up our support for the transition.

“We urge the chancellor to do the same and use his spending review to prioritise energy infrastructure and do more to accelerate a green recovery.”