Prospect which represents workers in renewables and across the energy industry made the warning as new ONS figures show that 33,800 direct jobs and a further 41,000 indirect jobs were lost in the low carbon and renewable sectors between 2014 and 2019. Prospect senior deputy general secretary Sue Ferns said: “The massive growth in renewables in recent years is welcome, but Prospect has been warning for years that we are failing to convert this success into UK jobs. “The renewables sector continues to be plagued by policy uncertainty, off-shoring, and a drive for low costs, all of which mean we risk missing out on the huge strategic opportunity to convert clean energy into green jobs. “Other countries like Denmark are getting this right, generating five jobs for every MW of renewable energy compared to just one job in the UK.
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Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for rapid action to create new green employment after new figures reveal that more than 75,000 green jobs were lost from the UK economy in five years. There was a reduction of 33,800 direct jobs and 41,400 jobs in the supply chain for low carbon and renewable sectors between 2014 and 2019, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics cited by Labour.
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Renewables alone cannot meet the 2050 target as a Labour Party report shows a steep fall in low-carbon and renewable energy jobs since 2014. GMB, the union for energy workers, has said that urgent investment is needed in new nuclear projects and UK supply chains. The unions call comes in response to figures released by the Labour Party which showed that 33,800 ‘low carbon and renewable energy’ jobs and a further 41,400 connected jobs in the wider economy were lost between 2014 and 2019, according to official statistics. Nuclear is the most powerful and job rich form of low-carbon energy. Without new investment in nuclear we may be at sharp end of green job losses with nuclear fleet retirements. GMB is calling for the Government to end the uncertainty over vital new nuclear builds such as Sizewell C by ensuring there is urgent clarity on how the funding mechanism for these projects will work by Autumn.
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