Monday 20 June 2022

The net zero job

How will decarbonisation affect the world of work?

The net zero transition has changed debates about the future of the labour market, with new jobs – like wind energy engineering – growing year-on-year and worries about rapid declines in carbon-intensive industries like steel production. But the main effect of the net zero transition will be to change our jobs, as firms adapt to using low-emission technologies and processes, rather than creating or destroying them. The scale, impact and geography of this transition are hugely uncertain, and the task of making it a reality has barely begun.

How might the net zero transition impact the jobs people do and the way they do them? How could this economic change affect different regions of the UK? And are our education and training systems ready for such change?

The Resolution Foundation is hosting an in-person and interactive webinar – as part of The Economy 2030 Inquiry, funded by the Nuffield Foundation – to debate and answer these questions. Following a presentation of the key highlights from new research on the labour market impact of the transition to net zero, we will hear from leading experts on how to support workers and businesses to take advantage of the opportunities this transition presents.

The event will be open for people to physically attend, alongside being broadcast via YouTube and the Resolution Foundation website. Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event via Slido.