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30 Jan 20201 minute read

400, 000-job gap to fill for net zero 2050 target

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400, 000-job gap to fill for net zero 2050 target

According to new research from National Grid, up to 400,000 new jobs in the low-carbon energy sector will be required in order to meet the government’s mandated target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Opportunities for skilled tradespeople, engineers and other specialists “across every region of the country” will be needed, National Grid has said.

National Grid hopes that climate change may act as a motivator for unlocking new talent. A recent YouGov poll found that increasingly people are looking for professions where they can make a positive environmental impact, with 83% of women and 73% of men keen to play a role in tackling climate change.

The National Grid report also identifies four key potential problems: an ageing population, competition from other sectors, too few young people gaining STEM qualifications and an ongoing lack of women in the sector.

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