Environmental campaigners voice support for Fife – Ready for Renewal

Ready For Renewal, launched this last month in Fife, is a joint campaign led by the STUC, GMB and Unite the Union.  As part of the campaign, we’re calling on EDF to meet with the community this Thursday, to listen to their concerns and do the right thing by building their new turbine jackets in the Fife yards.  The meeting this Thursday (20th June) will take place from 6pm-8pm at Buckhaven Community Education Centre and we encourage all to attend.

Building these turbine jackets in the Fife yards, 10 miles away from where the wind turbines are to stand would bring hundreds of renewable energy jobs to the area, avoid the environmental damage of shipping the work abroad while improving the local economy.

Two key environmental campaigners from the New Economic Foundation and the Just Transition Centre have voiced their support for the campaign:

David Powell, Head of Environment & Green Transition, NEF

“The UK’s proud history of manufacturing should be at the heart of a Green New Deal – making the kit that will power a new generation of clean, labour-rich infrastructure.  Governments must attach firm conditions to companies that benefit from energy subsidies to make sure they invest in the people and places that most need green jobs. Multinationals like EDF need to play ball too. Rather than shipping turbine jackets half way round the world, they should be using the Fife yards to build this important infrastructure.”

Samantha Smith, Director, Just Transition Centre

“A real Just Transition for Scotland means creating decent jobs for Scottish workers and communities, not offshoring jobs and raising emissions. EDF needs to keep the promises it made when it got support from the government and unions.”

To find out more about the community meeting this Thursday, please click here.

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