Environment Protection: Employment

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Eaton Baroness Eaton Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Local Government Association, Local green jobs—accelerating a sustainable economy recovery, published on 11 June, showing that at least 1.18 million low-carbon jobs need to be created in England by 2050 to meet the Government’s net zero commitment.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

As we recover from COVID-19, the Government intends to deliver a UK economy which is stronger, cleaner, more sustainable, and more resilient.

In delivering the UK’s net zero target, we are looking to position the UK as a world leader in low carbon technologies, services, and systems. The UK has a strong base to grow from: there are over 460,000 jobs in low carbon businesses and their supply chains across the country and low carbon exports are already worth billions of pounds each year.

We are determined to seize the once-in-a-generation economic opportunities of the net zero transition – creating new business opportunities and up to 2 million green jobs by 2030 across all regions of the UK, and achieving this transition in a way that works for households, businesses and public finances. In doing so, we will build on the strengths we have already developed in low-carbon sectors from offshore wind to green finance.

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