The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is to explore how green jobs can support the UK’s net zero ambitions while building back better from coronavirus.
On 17 November, it launched an inquiry, outlining how the pandemic has resulted in rising unemployment levels and a record number of redundancies. In the three months to September, the UK unemployment rate was estimated to be 4.8% with redundancies hitting a record high of 314,000. The UK’s transition to net zero, however, could offer a way to address this, with the Committee on Climate Change, National Grid and Local Government Association all on the record regarding the high number of jobs and skills needed to achieve the 2050 target.
Written submissions are invited on areas including how many jobs are needed in low carbon and sustainable industries; whether the UK workforce has the skills and capacity needed to deliver the green jobs required for net zero and other environmental ambitions; what skills and training are needed to support the technologies of the future; and whether the government’s ambitions for green job creation in the public and private sectors are sufficient for the scale of the challenge.
Evidence can be submitted until Friday 15 January 2021.