Presentation on preparing the UK workforce for the transition to a net zero economy

Presentation by Professor Karen Turner, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Scottish Just Transition Commissioner

11 November 2021

By Karen Turner

2 minute read

A significant paradigm shift needs to take place in the structure and shape of our economy to reach the ambitious net zero targets set by local and combined authorities across the UK. As the IGN joint political communique makes clear, local leaders who are at the forefront of delivering the transition on the ground and supporting those left vulnerable as a result of these changes the make-up of our local economies.

But what is being referred to by the government as the ‘green industrial revolution’ poses both challenges and opportunities for our economic futures. Alongside facilitating the growth of good quality green jobs and helping to equip people with the skills they need to benefit from and contribute to the green economy, local and regional government must account for the specific ways in which their local workforce will be affected by the transitional process away from carbon intensive industries. This session seeks to address questions around two key challenges:

  1. How to identify those who are most vulnerable to the transition, taking into account that different local economies will face unique workforce challenges.
  2. How local and combined authorities can support them out of carbon intensive jobs and into other good work using the levers at their disposal and local opportunities

As the world’s focus turns to the COP26 summit in Glasgow for answers to questions on how to reach long term decarbonisation targets, this collaborative, informal session looks at what IGN member places can do now to support those most at risk of being left vulnerable by the transition.

Please find below the presentation by Professor Karen Turner, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Scottish Just Transition Commissioner, on preparing the UK Workforce for the transition to a net zero economy