What are green jobs?

The UK is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2050. A key component of this will be supporting the development of green skills, jobs and industries which reduce, remove, or offset the emission of harmful carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The power, gas, water, and waste management industries are vital to helping the UK become a Net Zero Carbon economy and in managing the effects of climate change on our lives:

  • The power industry generates electricity and is changing away from using fossil fuels to using renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar.
  • The gas industry is changing to use less fossil gas and more hydrogen, which can be a cleaner source of power and heat.
  • Water companies are working on ways to limit the impacts of floods and droughts and ensure the supply of drinking water.
  • Waste management companies are increasing the recycling of waste from our homes, reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill, and using waste to generate electricity.

The ability to recognise green jobs in these sectors and businesses is growing in importance because they are best placed to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and protect the environment.

Green Jobs

Green Collar Jobs

But what does that mean?

We think that there are direct green jobs, which help to develop a low carbon economy, and there are also indirect green jobs that support them.

A Direct Green Collar Job is a new or current role which enables a low carbon economy, or directly supports environmental goals, such as mitigation against climate change risks.

These are jobs such as Wind Turbine Technician (carbon-free electricity), Nuclear Engineer (low carbon energy); Flood Management (constructing flood defences); or Energy from Waste recovery operations (working to produce electricity from rubbish).

Green Collar Jobs could also be jobs that exist now, that with additional training could become greener – for example, smart energy meter installers could be upskilled to fit a range of low carbon heating systems.

All these roles have a direct impact on reducing carbon or protecting the environment.

Indirect Green Collar Jobs are existing jobs that contribute to the greening of economic activity, but do not involve any new specific green skills or tasks. So, a lorry driver that delivers the parts to build a wind turbine is doing an Indirect Green Collar Job.

The energy and utilities sector will be one of the leading providers of these Green Collar Jobs. If you are looking for a career that will have a direct impact on the decarbonisation of our economy and the longer-term preservation of the environment, come and find your role with us.

Insights from those working to tackle climate change in energy and utilities sector

As a Leakage Technician Apprentices Brianika has vital role in helping to keep the water flowing to homes and business and also to prevent flooding.

Suzanna saw that change was coming in the energy sector and wanted to be a part of that movement to help protect the earth’s climate.

Keeley-Ann is a commercial graduate working for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, having joined the company in September 2018. The scheme has allowed her to utilise her skills gained from her MSc in Climate Change in relation to sustainability and energy, as well as developing and learning new skillsets from a finance, economic and business aspect.

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