The UK government has launched a taskforce to support the drive for two million green jobs by 2030.
The Green Jobs Taskforce, to be chaired by Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan, forms part of the government’s ambitious plan to build back greener and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Its aim will be to focus on the immediate and longer-term challenges of delivering skilled workers for the UK’s transition to net zero including:
1. Ensuring we have the immediate skills needed for building back greener, such as in offshore wind and home retrofitting.
2. Developing a long-term plan that charts out the skills needed to help deliver a net zero economy.
3. Ensuring good quality green jobs and a diverse workforce.
4. Supporting workers in high carbon transitioning sectors, like oil and gas, to retrain in new green technologies.
Business and Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: “This government has promised to do all it can to provide good quality, secure work as we build back better and greener from coronavirus.
“The Green Jobs Taskforce will oversee the UK taking strides towards long-term economic prosperity, as well as transitioning to the new low-carbon green industries of the future.“
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan said: “It is now more critical than ever to make sure people get the skills they need to progress and that will help our economy to recover.
“I am very much looking forward to co-chairing this important taskforce so we can create more, high quality green job opportunities, levelling up our economy and delivering on our commitment to be net zero by 2050.”
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) said the UK government’s announcement of a Green Jobs Taskforce reflects the FMB’s calls by the for a strategic approach to net-zero, with home energy retrofit at its heart.
Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “SMEs in the construction sector stand ready to build back greener, but they will only be able to do so if they are supported to train and recruit highly skilled tradespeople. It’s right that this strategic approach to green jobs has home energy retrofit at its heart, complementing the FMB’s call for a national retrofit strategy.”
Berry concluded: “As a start, the Chancellor should use the Spending Review to extend the Green Homes Grant scheme, and bring forward the full £9.2bn committed in the Conservative manifesto to make our existing buildings more energy efficient.”