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Green Freeports process gets underway

[ March 30, 2022   //   ]

The UK and Scottish governments have published a prospectus for potential bidders for Green Freeports, the local version of freeports.

Consortiums will have 12 weeks from 25 March to assess it and prepare their bids, which will be assessed by officials from the UK and Scottish governments, with ministers having an equal say on the final selection.

The successful locations will be announced in early autumn 2022, and begin operations in spring 2023.

It follows an agreement earlier this year by the governments to collaborate on two new Green Freeports, with £52 million in UK government funding provided.

Both governments are looking for Green Freeports in locations that take full advantage of the diverse potential of Scotland’s communities and welcome proposals from a wide range of groups.

Applicants are encouraged to show how they will help boost the Scottish economy, including the number of skilled jobs and delivering high quality, fair work for everyone.

They should also support Scotland’s transition to a net zero economy by reducing emissions and responding to climate change, for example, by ensuring that vessels using the port reduce the use of fossil fuels.

They must also form strong partnerships with ports, local businesses, academic institutions and local authorities to contribute to net zero and levelling up agendas, as well as bring new investment into the surrounding areas and increase trade. They should also advance equality and diversity, particularly for groups who are currently underrepresented in the Freeport industries.