Green jobs are crucial in rebuilding from the Covid-19 economic fallout, MPs were told today.
Public transport, renewable energy, nature restoration and flood defences are all areas which could create jobs, tackle the climate crisis and boost the economy, experts told the Environmental Audit Committee, but only if the Government acts quickly.
There are 18 gigawatts’ worth of planned green electricity projects — the equivalent of six nuclear power plants — ready to employ workers and begin construction, according to renewable energy experts Regen. These could soon provide 200,000 jobs and £125 billion to the UK economy with investment to accelerate them, according to the analysis.
And if half of UK towns and cities introduced best practice cycle lanes and pedestrianisation over the next two years, another 100,000 jobs could be created, said Libby Peake, head of resource policy at the Green Alliance think tank.
“We must ensure there is no long-term scarring from unemployment,” Peake added. “It’s going to rise a lot in the short-term and if we don’t re-engage those people quickly, they could lose their skills and become disengaged from the labour market.”
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