The Scottish government has outlined plans to help secure a just transition to net zero, including opportunities for new green jobs. This comes as part of its Programme for Government 2021-22, which while detailing plans for the next year, also “sets the scene” for the next five years. As such, it includes the Scottish government’s commitment to implement the 24 recommendations from the Just Transition Commission – published earlier this year – across the course of this Parliament. These include commitments to design and implement a skills guarantee for workers in carbon‑intensive sectors and deliver this as part of the Green Jobs Workforce Academy. It follows the Scottish government announcing a £100 million Green Jobs Fund in its Programme for Government 2020-21, with this to be paid out over five years with an aim of supporting new and increased opportunities for green job creation across Scotland. It builds on the country’s Green New Deal, which was first announced in the 2019 Programme and included a £3 billion Green Investment Portfolio as well as a slew of environmental policies. This year specifically, the Scottish government is to invest £240 million in an Energy Transition Programme, which will help industry to play a leading role in the development and deployment of new, low carbon technologies as well as supporting the development of hydrogen and carbon capture and storage.
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