Over a million new green jobs possible by 2050

Almost 700,000 direct jobs could be created in England’s low carbon and renewable economy by 2030, rising to over 1.18mn by 2050, according to new research.

On 11 June, the Local Government Association (LGA) and Ecuity Consulting released a report, Local green jobs – accelerating a sustainable economy recovery, that outlined how demand for green jobs is set to rapidly increase as the UK heads towards a net zero economy. This will also help to counter unprecedented job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, set to increase when the government’s furlough scheme ends in October.

According to the report’s forecasts – which apply to every region across England – almost half (46%) of an estimated 693,628 total low carbon jobs by 2030 will be in clean electricity generation and providing low-carbon heat for homes and businesses. Almost a fifth (21%) of jobs by 2030 will be involved in installing energy efficiency products, while 19% will be based on providing glow-carbon services and producing alternative fuels, including bioenergy and hydrogen. A further 14% will be directly involved in manufacturing low-emission vehicles and associated infrastructure.

Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the LGA’s City Regions Board, said:  “Demand for green jobs is due to sky-rocket as we move towards a net zero economy and local government, with its local knowledge and expertise, is best placed to ensure the workforce in every region of the country can successfully surf the new wave of employment opportunities.”

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