The number of green jobs in the UK has fallen by as many as 30,000 since 2014, according to new research from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Using new figures from the Office for National Statistics, the TUC found that there were 202,100 green jobs in the UK in 2019, a significant drop from 235,900 in 2014. The worst hit green sectors included energy efficient product manufacturing, where jobs fell by 37,900 or 32%. Carbon capture and storage saw jobs fall by 66%, while other renewable electricity jobs fell by two thirds as well. Even booming sectors like offshore wind, which saw its capacity more than double in the five years to 2019, saw direct jobs growing at a slower than expected rate. The number of offshore wind jobs grew by 14%, up to 7,200 in 2019 from 6,300 in 2014. The TUC commissioned research from Transition Economics, which identified 1,240,000 green jobs that could be created over the next two years in its report Rebuilding after recession: a plan for jobs, released in 2020.
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