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South Holland has second highest proportion of workforce in the country in ‘high pollution’ industries – amid calls for Government to support changes

More Government investment is needed to help develop new fuels and technologies to help our high polluting industries, a council leader has said.

South Holland has the second highest proportion of its workforce employed in ‘high pollution’ industries - according to an Office for National Statistics report - due to the numbers employed in manufacturing and agriculture. All other parts of Lincolnshire also have above average levels of employment in high-emissions industries.

South Holland District Council leader Nick Worth says his authority is committed to bringing forward changes - but says we need Government support to become greener.

Coun Nick Worth
Coun Nick Worth

He said: “The foundations of South Holland’s economy is made up of nationally significant sectors such as food manufacturing, logistics and agriculture, and we are fortunate to be home to many proactive and innovative businesses with a passion to do everything they can to reduce their carbon emissions and make themselves sustainable for the future.

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“As a council we are committed to helping drive forward these changes and to identify the opportunities for support and funding that will put the district at the forefront of their fields.

“However, this progress can only get so far without the backing of the Government and national bodies to further invest in these vital sectors, help improve infrastructure and transport links and proactively create an open space to explore new fuels and technologies.”

A lot of lorries pass through the area as part of the agriculture and logistics sectors. Photo – stock
A lot of lorries pass through the area as part of the agriculture and logistics sectors. Photo – stock

The five broad industry groups defined as high-emitting include electricity and gas, manufacturing, transportation and storage, agriculture, forestry and fishing, and water and waste management.

The industries accounted for 82% of the total greenhouse gas emissions across the UK, excluding those from households, in 2021, the ONS said.

This marks the first time the organisation has carried out detailed analysis for employment in these sectors, which accounted for 16% (about one in every six) of all UK employees in 2021.

Greater Lincolnshire produces 30% of the nation’s food – with much of that passing through South Holland, which is well-known for its food manufacturing and logistics.

The district has 27.6% of its population employed in high polluting industries and was second only to Copeland in Cumbria, which had 31%.

People living in London and the South East were less likely to be employed in these fields.

The figures for Lincolnshire (percentage of workers in high-emissions industries by local authority, England and Wales, 2021)

South Holland 27.6

Boston 27.5

West Lindsey 20.1

East Lindsey 18.2

South Kesteven 17.5

Lincoln 16.4

North Kesteven 16.3

Further afield

Fenland 24.2

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk 19.6

Peterborough 19.3

Newark and Sherwood 18.0

Rutland 14.8

What do you think? How can we wean our industries off high polluting fuels? Post your ideas in the comments below

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