National Grid: Energy industry needs to fill 400k jobs to reach net zero goal 

Posted: January 28, 2020 by oldbrew in Energy, ideology, research
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Who would be paying for these vast numbers of new jobs? Energy consumers of course, i.e. everyone. All the ‘specialists’ would have to come from somewhere too, at a time when UK unemployment is low so many would have to be poached from their existing employers. The selling point would be to tell them they’re ‘tackling climate change’, but what that might look like would be left to their imaginations – like any other fantasy.

The report reveals more women want a ‘job of purpose’ to help deliver the UK’s 2050 target, says Energy Live News.

More than 400,000 jobs need to be filled across the energy industry to help deliver the UK’s 2050 net zero target, bringing opportunities for skilled tradespeople, engineers and other specialists across every region of the country.

That’s according to new research published by National Grid, which sets out how the energy sector can build a net zero energy workforce able to transform the UK’s energy system over the next 30 years.

Out of the job opportunities available, 260,000 will be in new roles, while 140,000 will be replacing those who have left the workforce.

A YouGov poll for National Grid found more than three quarters of UK adults (78%) want to play a part in reaching the net zero target and more than half (57%) of people across Britain want to work for an organisation that helps the UK get there.

In addition, around 83% of women said they are keen to play their part in tackling climate change as are 73% of men.

Full report here.

  1. Main requirement for job seekers:

    “The political commitment is there. Investment will be needed. But none of this will happen if we don’t have the right people, with the right skills to deliver. Motivated to tackle climate change, equipped with the skills to transform our energy grid – the UK needs a Net Zero Energy Workforce.”

    Belief is a pre-requisite skill!

  2. JB says:

    Surely this will not proceed well. The Peter Principle, bureaucracy, and all that. One thing we know from history: governments always bloat, and are always the least effective in dealing with collective problems.

  3. ivan says:

    Yet more pie in the sky thinking from those that haven’t a clue about energy usage.

    This is what the country gets when it is run by a PM that listens to his green girlfriend and civil service mandarins rather than doing the sensible thing and repealing the Climate Change Act (2008) and dumping all the green stupidity. But then since there isn’t going to be a clean Brexit he still has to bow down the the diktats of the EU.

  4. spetzer86 says:

    Adding more jobs to provide the same resource is, of course, a key way of reducing cost. This is obviously a strategy that was developed at the very top.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Don’t turn up for work in a – gasp – fuel powered vehicle to ‘tackle climate change’ 😇

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    All sounds made up. Where does this figure of 400,000 come from? What would they be doing?

    If its going round insulating houses, these people are going to get disillusioned very quickly.

  7. Gamecock says:

    Jobs are a cost, not a benefit.

    I presume a ‘zero energy workforce’ will produce nothing. I used to work with some of the zero energy workforce.

    ‘In the UK at the moment, only 12% of the engineers are female.’

    But you can change that. Yeah, sure you can.

    ‘What we found from the research actually is more women than men really want to do a job of purpose and help become part of delivering net zero moving forward.’

    We’ll see how they feel about it when they have to take calculus.

    ‘We’re incredibly excited about that because we want to get that full diversity of talent coming into the industry.’

    So you aren’t really into net zero. Full diversity is not the goal; net zero is. Shows your aren’t actually serious about the goal.

  8. tom0mason says:

    Yep, just as the Climate Change Act (2008) decrees — paper-shufflers, planners and petty bureaucrats all the way down — the ultimate zero energy workforce.

  9. oldbrew says:

    National Grid in the dock here…

    The Western Link: A New Failure Highlights the Overbuild of Scottish Wind and Raises New Questions
    Posted January 19th, 2020

    This story has been covered in the Scottish press (Times, Daily Mail, Daily Record) and on STV television news. But it is now becoming a national story, with growing concern that decisions taken by the Scottish government are causing highly significant increases in consumer costs to households and businesses in England and Wales.

  10. As fossil fuel vehicles are driven off the roads, more and more engineers and others will be needed to lay the street cables to provide charging points for electric cars and when it took 4 blokes from the local distribution company 3 days to install a charging point at a house near us you can imagine the task ahead. Where will this skilled workforce come from? Especially as they will need to upgrade the local transformers that currently power the homes in each locality and then upgrade the cabling to those transformers or put in new ones. I don’t think the logistics will ever allow us to get to zero carbon emissions in such a short time as that would mean scrapping most of our cars, buses, and trains, killing of all our cattle etc. Do the politicians really understand the meaning of zero emissions?

  11. oldbrew says:

    Adrian K – re: Do the politicians really understand the meaning of zero emissions?

    The goal is *net* zero, leaving unspecified wriggle room.

  12. Gamecock says:

    Net Zero means zero emissions for thee.

  13. BigWaveDave says:

    …a workforce likely to produce zero net energy?

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