The UK’s climate change targets threaten almost twice as many jobs in the Midlands and north as in London, a report says. Up to ten million jobs will be disrupted by the UK’s legally binding commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050 and 52 per cent are concentrated in the north, Midlands or Scotland, the research found. The poorest regions could be hit hardest by the race to cut emissions and it will be a fresh blow for places blighted by deindustrialisation in the 1980s and 1990s, the report by Onward, the centre-right think tank, warns. The authors said that the results showed the need for a government plan to “smooth the transition” for communities that rely heavily on carbon-intensive industries and face the greatest threat to their livelihoods. The East Midlands has the highest proportion of workers in high-emitting industries such as manufacturing, mining, quarrying, gas and the car industry, with 42 per cent in jobs that will be impacted by the UK’s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050. These sectors employ 41 per cent of workers in the West Midlands and 38 per cent in Yorkshire and the Humber and the North West.
Times 5th Jan 2021 read more »
How to ‘fairly’ share emissions from goods traded around the world. A key debate is who should be held responsible for greenhouse gas emissions of internationally traded goods. In a globalised economy, should responsibility for emissions lie with those that produce goods? Or should it rather be accounted for by those that consume final goods and services? In a new paper, published in Global Environmental Change, we suggest that an exclusive focus on producers or consumers falls short as a method of allocating trade-related emissions to individual countries.
Carbon Brief 4th Jan 2021 read more »