The North of England is set to enjoy a boom in the number of green jobs over the next 12 years, thanks to the growth of low-carbon industries such as offshore wind energy. According to a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), some 46,000 new green jobs could be created in the region by 2030. Traditionally the centre of energy production for England, the North is suffering from the closure of coal mines and coal-fired power stations as the UK’s energy system switches to greener fuels. IPPR predicts 28,000 workers in the North’s fossil fuel sector will lose their jobs by 2030 as a result. But the region is also fast-emerging as a hub for new green industries, providing 48 per cent of the UK’s renewable electricity between 2005 and 2014. Provided the green growth opportunity is distributed around the UK fairly, with training and investment available for Northern workers to transition from high carbon to low carbon sectors, the region could thrive as part of a green economy, IPPR’s research concludes.
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