According to a research, efforts to generate so-called green employment must be stepped up if the UK government is to meet its objective of two million jobs by 2030.
According to PwC, jobs related to the green economy accounted for 1.2 percent of all advertised positions in the year ending July 2021.
This translates to 124,600 additional employment.
The government’s “green industrial revolution” aims include increasing green employment development.
As part of its strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, the government stated in November 2020 that £4 billion will be spent on generating up to 250,000 new green employment.
A year later, the COP 26 meeting in Glasgow brought the problem back into sharp focus.
However, there are fears that the move to green jobs may offer certain hazards since it would affect existing jobs, particularly in polluting industries.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) warned in September that if the UK fails to meet its net-zero aim as swiftly as other countries, up to 660,000 jobs might be lost.
The most straightforward response is a profession that directly contributes to combating climate change, while many people believe it should also include jobs that indirectly serve that goal.
Low-carbon farming, zero-emission heating, and wind turbine maintenance are all growing industries where more green jobs are being promoted.
According to PwC’s analysis, employment that indirectly help the green economy should also be called green.
Environmental advisers or specialists in environmental or sustainability research and teaching are examples of such positions.
According to PwC’s analysis, more work is needed to guarantee that the transition to a net-zero economy does not exacerbate regional disparities.
In terms of transitioning to a greener economy, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Yorkshire and the Humber were judged to be lagging behind other areas of the UK. According to the study, Scotland and London were the best achievers.
PwC assessed locations based on how well they did in terms of job generation, green job perks, “sunset job” loss, carbon intensity of employment, and green workspaces.
They looked for online job postings that addressed sustainability and the environment – there had to be a few.
“Jobs are getting greener, which is cause for hope,” said Kevin Ellis, chairman and senior partner at PwC. “However, evidence on the volume and distribution of these possibilities is needed.”
“If left uncontrolled, green jobs will spring up in the most fruitful areas, but not necessarily where they are most needed.”
“We have a huge chance to rebalance the economy and secure a fair transition if we act now.”
“As this data indicates, hundreds of thousands of green jobs are being generated throughout the nation, and our groundbreaking Net Zero Strategy spells out how the UK can accelerate this development, releasing £90 billion in private investment,” a government official told reporters.
“Under our plans, the bulk of new green employment will be generated and supported outside of London and the south east, with our transformation to a low-carbon economy giving an extraordinary chance to recruit new, future-proof enterprises in our industrial heartlands,” says the government.