New green jobs in the North East
Manufacturer Corus has announced the creation of 200 green jobs linked to investment in offshore wind.
The announcement follows a recent Friends of the Earth submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the closure of the Teesside Cast Products plant.
It's great news for the people of Teesside - 1,700 of whom were left out of work last winter when the Corus plant closed.
The development of new offshore wind farms in the North Sea presents a huge opportunity. Making components for the sector could be part of a shift to a low-carbon economy.
A recent report by manufacturers' organisation EFF showed that 90% of the components needed to build the planned London Array wind farm would be imported.
The Corus plant will be able to use the region's engineering skills and expertise.
It's a step in the right direction for the renewables industry in the North East.
For more on a a greener future for Teesside read our briefing.