Employment: Environment Protection

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 23rd February 2017.

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Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the number of jobs in the UK dependent on the green economy.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Office for National Statistics carry out an annual survey to report on economic activity in the low carbon and renewable energy sector in the UK.

The latest release provides first estimates for 2015 and shows that an estimated 233,000 full-time equivalent employees were working directly in low carbon and renewable energy activities.

The ONS has not yet published estimates for 2015 of the additional employees supported in the supply chain to the sector. However, estimates for 2014 indicate that this activity could amount to around a further 200,000 full-time equivalent employees. Further information on the ONS releases can be found at the links below.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/environmentalaccounts/bulletins/finalestimates/2015

https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/ukenvironmentalaccountslowcarbonandrenewableenergyeconomytotalactivity2014

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