Categories: Cromarty Firth, Forth Ports, Grangemouth, Leith, News, RosythPublished On: 16.01.2023370 words2 min read

Edinburgh Firth of Forth confirmed as one of Scotland’s new Green Freeports

Leith, Edinburgh Airport, Grangemouth and Rosyth are key sites for the ‘Green Freeport’ in the Firth of Forth

The Firth of Forth has been confirmed today (January 13) as the location for one of Scotland’s two new Green Freeports along with Inverness and the Cromarty Firth.

The bid envisages Grangemouth becoming a major logistics, manufacturing, renewable energy hub and R&D centre.

The Forth bid – centred on Leith, Grangemouth and Rosyth – claimed it could generate up to 50,000 new green jobs and act as a catalyst for new green technologies and renewable energy manufacturing and unlock £6 billion of private and public investment.

The special zone, which offers tax breaks and other incentives to the companies who set up within it, will involve strategically sites spanning 550 hectares in Leith, Grangemouth, Rosyth, Burntisland and Edinburgh Airport. he bid’s backers said it would increase trade through Scotland’s sea and air gateways and support the growth of trading businesses across the Firth of Forth and at sites spread north, south and west of the estuary.

Making the announcement, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:

“In extending the benefits of freeports to Scotland, we are unleashing the potential of the Firth of Forth and Inverness and Cromarty Firth – backing the delivery of thousands of high-quality green jobs for future generations, as we continue to make gains on our commitments to transition to net zero.”

The new Leith Outer Berth is a key part of the Green Freeport plan.

Charles Hammond, chief executive of Forth Ports, which led the consortium behind the bid, said the announcement was “great news for Scotland, for new green jobs and for the country’s drive to net zero”. He said:

“Our bid will re-industrialise the nation and create large-scale economic development. Our green freeport will accelerate investment and generate 50,000 new green jobs by acting as a catalyst for new technologies and renewable energy manufacturing. This has the potential to unlock £6 billion of private and public investment for Scotland and create new training facilities, factories, logistics parks, rail, freight and fuel terminals and to enhance our creative industries . . . . 

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