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16 Nov 20201 minute read

Gov’t taskforce for 2mn green jobs

Gov’t taskforce for 2mn green jobs

The Government has launched a new Green Jobs Taskforce to help support the creation of 2 million green jobs in the UK 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.”