Campaign group says hundreds of green jobs could be created in Buchan
Green New Deal UK claims investment into green infrastructure, energy, research and development, digital infrastructure and social care could provide a jobs boost in the Banff and Buchan area.
The non-profit organisation campaigning for a Green New Deal in the UK says such investment could not only replace all jobs permanently lost in the constituency due to Covid-19, but provide a further 1,370 jobs within just two years.
It says that across the UK, government and private investment in green initiatives could create over 1.2 million green jobs within just two years and over 2.7 million jobs in ten years.
Office of National Statistics show the UK's green workforce actually shrank in the five years to 2019, and other analysis shows that permanent Covid-19 job losses nationally are expected to reach nearly one million in two years and nearly two million over ten years.
According to Green New Deal UK all of these job losses could be replaced with green jobs. It says there are vast opportunities to use green investment to drive employment and build up the low-carbon industries.
Hannah Martin, co-executive director of Green New Deal UK, said: “Every day people are losing their jobs and struggling to find work due to Covid-19. At a time when we need to rapidly decarbonise our economy and build resilient future industries which will allow people and planet to prosper, having so many people out of work makes no sense.
"We have so much work to do to build the future we need, but we must see proper government investment to kick-start that green jobs revolution. Our data shows the huge potential for green jobs in the UK.”Green New Deal UK is also challenging pre-existing notions of what constitutes a green job.
Hannah added: “A truly green economy is so much more than wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles – it is an army of retrofitters, carers, bike couriers and teachers, up and down the country, all working towards transforming our economy.
"It is workers that have shouldered the greatest suffering during the pandemic. So now it is crucial we put those workers at the heart of our recovery with a Green New Deal.”