Low Carbon/Green

Key facts

General UK facts

  • Political and public pressure for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, reductions in carbon emissions and more sustainable waste processing will almost certainly result in the sector continuing to experience above average growth.
  • Environmental regulations, national and European, cover a host of issues, such as Waste Management, Environmental Damage, Conservation of Habitats and Species, Noise Abatement and Land Reclamation. The 2008 Climate Change Act committed the UK to reducing carbon emissions by 34% by 2020. For example in construction, the Government’s ambition for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016 and the Code for Sustainable Buildings (which includes water, waste, and the sustainability of materials) are influencing approaches and generating new skill requirements.
  • With shortages in most engineering disciplines, both for highly qualified engineers and for experienced technicians, there is an increasing reliance on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills to support 'renewables' skills requirements but there is a need to consider transferable skills and non-traditional entry routes.

South of England facts

  • The South West is the first region in the country to be designated as a Marine Energy Park and is seeking innovative ways to use the full range of its outstanding natural resources. The region has high levels of wind, wave and tidal energies, some of the best solar radiation in the UK, and extensive rural and woodland areas for biomass.
  • According to Low Carbon South West the region hosts world-class organisations specialising in areas such as renewable energy, waste management, sustainable transport and many more. Despite an uncertain economy, the sector is still likely to grow, due to increased legislation, greater research and a general shift towards more sustainable modes of production, development and consumption.
  • Future South states ‘there is a growing “green economy” with many strengths emerging in research & development, environmental technologies, energy, waste and construction and has ‘established as a joint approach by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (Solent LEP) together with the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in the South to achieve a low carbon, green economy.’
  • Find out detailed information about employment in the West of England 2015 for LOW CARBON.

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