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More than 3,000 potential 'green' jobs for Heads of the Valleys, says report

More than 3,000 new ‘green’ jobs could be created in Heads of the Valleys, South Wales through improvements in recycling, waste management and small-scale renewable energy developments, boosting declining employment rates in the area.

Results of a report carried out by Friends of the Earth (FOE), Green Jobs in the Heads of the Valleys, shows that in the next 10-15 years around 1,275 jobs could be created through increased recycling of household and commercial and industrial waste. Home energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy developments could create 1,583 to 1,900 jobs.

However, FOE states, this is only if large energy from waste facilities, such as the proposed £400m Covanta plant in Merthyr Tydfil, are not granted planning permission there.

FOE Cymru spokesperson Haf Elgar said: “A green economy is the future for Merthyr and the Heads of the Valleys, rather than allowing the area to become a magnet for dirty industries and environmental degradation.”

Potential job creation in the waste and recycling industry is a result of legislative drivers in Wales to meet a 70% recycling rate by 2020.



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