Government kicks off plans to create two million green jobs by 2030

UK Parliament

UK Parliament

The government has today set out plans to create up to two million green jobs by 2030, through its Green Jobs Taskforce.

The Green Jobs Taskforce, to be chaired by Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan, forms part of the government’s plan to ‘build back greener’ and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

The taskforce aims to set the direction for the job market over the next few years in order to transition to a high-skill, low carbon economy. The taskforce will also look to create an action plan to inform on what support is needed for people in transitioning industries.

As part of this, there will be a renewed focus on greener alternatives, such as in offshore wind and home retrofitting – and will support 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 Green Jobs Taskforce met for the first time last Thursday and will represent the views of businesses, employees and the skills sectors and includes representatives from the Construction Industry Training Board, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, East London Institute for Technology, Retrofit Works, Edinburgh University and National Grid.