Decarbonising could create 1.7m jobs in emissions-heavy regions
On March 26th Onward published Greening the Giants, which examined the regional impacts of decarbonising the 12 most carbon-intensive industries.
The report also identified some of the opportunities the transition to net zero will present, and outlined the steps ministers could take to deliver up to 1.7 million new green jobs.
Alongside the release, the Times published a comment piece by Dame Caroline Spelman, co-chair of the Getting to Zero commission, in which she argued:
“As research for the thinktank Onward shows this morning, twelve industries together make up nearly three fifths of the UK’s carbon emissions. The list includes vital industries such as aviation, agriculture, manufacturing, steel and construction that we cannot simply jettison as we strive towards carbon neutrality. A fifth of all UK jobs are in these industries. They are disproportionately located in industrial heartlands in the north and the Midlands, which we have both represented, and the new political battleground of Scotland. They generate £1 in every £7 of our output every year.”
Find the full selection of coverage on the right, and read the report here.
Scotland faces major decarbonisation challenges and many jobs are likely to be affected, but the opportunities are even greater, argue Ted Christie-Miller and Alex Luke.
Caroline Flint, co-chair of the Getting to Zero programme, spoke to Times Radio about our Greening the Giants report.