Green Industry Offers Jobs Growth
The scale of green employment and low-carbon infrastructure investment has been rising, employing a significantly larger workforce than other UK industry, a major report by the Green Alliance think tank revealed today.
According to the report, the current state of the Green Economy, which is worth £122 billion, has been consistently growing by 5 per cent since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008.
The Green Economy currently forms almost 10 per cent of the total economic activity in the UK, employing 939,600 people in low-carbon and environmental jobs.
The Green Alliance said the UK’s top 20 infrastructure projects in 2012-13 will deliver a £23 billion investment which will bring further employment opportunities for people in the trades.
Speaking to Business Green today, report author Alastair Harper, said that some of the biggest projects in the pipeline are in the offshore wind industry as well as in public transport, nuclear and other renewable programmes.
He said: “All you are going to get with more road, gas and airport infrastructure is the same level of capital investment we’ve been bumping along with since the 1970s.
“In contrast, the green economy is about new projects that can attract new investment, and provide a source for exports.”
Mr Harper said that despite negative language from some ministers, the green industry has been able to get major international investors “to open up their wallets” and invest in the low-carbon sector.
What is your reaction to the low-carbon investment which led the green economy to succeed in crating hundreds of thousands of green jobs? Do you agree with the current trend which is forecast to continue in future?
Posted on August 30, 2012, in Building Construction Industry, Building Engineering Sector, Business, Climate Change, Construction, construction news, Education, Electrical News, Employment, Energy Efficiency, Environment, Government, Heath and Safety, Housing Scheme, Infrastructure, Politics, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Course, t4ts, Technology, train4tradeskills, Train4TradeSkills News, UK Economy and tagged Alastair Harper, building engineering sector, Business Green, economic boost, employment opportunities, Government Ministers, Green Alliance, Green economy, Green economy: a UK success story, green industry, Green job, Infrastructure, infrastructure investment, International investors, Investment, Low-carbon economy, New report, Renewable energy schemes, t4ts news, trade professionals, trades news, train4tradeskills, train4tradeskills news. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.