The UK Government is hoping to turn the North East of England into a green employment hotspot by announcing that the area has been chosen as the UK’s econd low carbon economic zone. Peter Mandleson, the Business Secretary, outlined oplans at the Nissan Car Factory in Washington, Country Durham, which will specialise in producing electric cars for the future. Lord Mandleson has also announced plans for a new research and development facility for zero carbon vehicles which will work with five universities in the region and plans for a new green technology park designed to complement the ‘green car’ supply chain. The move is expected to secure 4500 jobs in the area and generate up to 20,000 new jobs with suppliers. The North East already has some green industries – with a giant wind turbine prototype being created at Blyth as well as a collection of bio-fuel industries in the region. This is the second low carbon economic area – the first in the South West will specialise in wave and tidal power and the Government hopes to create 1.2 million new ‘green collar’ jobs by 2020. Plans were given a boost when Toyota identified its plant in Burnaston in Derbyshire as the manufacturing heart of its new hybrid cars.