Up to 10 million jobs across the UK are in carbon intensive industries that will have to undertake fundamental reforms or risk being phased out as the country pursues its ambitious decarbonisation goals. That is the headline conclusion from a major new report from centre-right think tank Onward, which was unveiled today to mark the launch of a new cross-party commission to explore the “practical and political challenges of delivering net zero by 2050”. The study also highlights how the jobs that are likely to face the most disruption as a result of the net zero transition are unevenly distributed across the UK, with many poorer regions most reliant on jobs from carbon intensive industries that face significant transition risks. For example, 43 per cent of workers in the so-called ‘Red Wall’ constituencies across the north of England work in currently high-emitting industries, compared to 37 per cent in the rest of the UK.
Business Green 5th Jan 2021 read more »
Research from a new cross-party programme exploring the net-zero transition in the UK has warned that 10 million jobs will either need to be retrained or replaced if the nation is to meet its climate commitments. Think tank Onward has launched a report to kickstart a cross-party programme that will use the build-up to COP26 to look at how the net-zero transition will decarbonise incumbent industries, retrain and upskill workers and introduce regulatory and financial support mechanisms to do so. The research has found that some regions disproportionately rely on carbon-intensive industries for jobs. According to Onward, the East Midlands has the highest proportion of jobs in high emitting industries (42%), followed by the West Midlands (41%), Yorkshire and the Humber (38%), and the North West (38%). In contrast, London and the South East have just 23% and 34% of jobs located in high-emitting industries respectively. More than half of high-emitting jobs are located in the Midlands, North and Scotland, prompting concerns that the net-zero transition may lead to higher levels of disruption in those areas.
Edie 5th Jan 2021 read more »
If the UK is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, we will need to make changes to many aspects of our lives, from the types of cars we drive to the food we eat. The country’s most highly polluting industries, such as the oil and gas sector, will need a complete overhaul if we are to meet climate targets. This could, in turn, bring changes for people employed by these sectors. A new report by Onward, a centre-right think tank, looks at how many people in the UK are currently employed by highly polluting industries, and where in the country they are most likely to live. The report finds that more than half of jobs in highly emitting industries are in the Midlands and north of England and in Scotland.
Independent 5th Jan 2021 read more »