Andrew has reaffirmed his commitment to supporting the North East Scotland Green Freeport bid.
“The North East Scotland Green Freeport bid underlines the great economic boost that awaits the North East if successful.”
It is estimated that up to 32,000 high skill jobs could be created along with an £8.5 billion economic boost over the next ten years if the North East were to be granted the transformational status.
Freeport status will have a tremendous impact in supporting the North East becoming the Net Zero Capital of Europe. Boosting the region’s green credentials and delivering an economic uplift.
It is hoped that the bid will bring large-scale, advanced manufacturing to Aberdeen, maximising the economic benefit of Scotland’s rapidly-growing offshore wind and hydrogen sectors and accelerate pioneering carbon capture projects here in the North East.
“We have heard the potential for tens of thousands of jobs to emanate from this exciting project, into every corner of the region. Partners including Aberdeen International Airport have done a power of work to present a compelling, mature prospectus.”
Meeting at Aberdeen International Airport with representatives from across the political divide Andrew heard first hand how freeport status would contribute to the decarbonisation of the aviation industry. Initiatives such as sustainable aviation fuel and the roll-out of drone technology have the potential to be pioneered locally if the bid succeeds.
“Now that there is the political will recognising the many opportunities presented by freeports, it's time for both Scotland's governments to press on with taking advantage.”