Where Did Ed’s Green Jobs Go?
By Paul Homewood
h/t Martin Brumby
We often hear that hundreds of thousands of new green jobs are being created. In 2009, Ed Miliband promised that the “green revolution” would 400,000 jobs, of which 160,000 would be created by the expansion of renewables. He even promised in 2014 that his plans to take all of the carbon out of our energy by 2030 would create a million new green jobs by 2030.
Four years later, Ed Davey was declaring that renewable energy would support up to 200,000 jobs.
The reality is rather more underwhelming!
Last March, the Dept for Business published their report on the UK’s Low Carbon Economy. Although it claims 269,000 jobs, many of these are not related to renewable energy at all. For instance, 53,000 are in recycling. Another 30,000 work in the insulation/double glazing sectors. In other words, jobs that have existed for many years, and have nothing to do with renewable energy or decarbonisation policies.
They even include 37,000 in nuclear energy.
When we get down to the nitty gritty, the real numbers are much lower:
Now, I would not want to decry 51000 jobs. They matter to the people who actually do them. But the reality is that most of these are not even new jobs.
According to the report, employment in these sectors has only increased by 24200 between 2010 and 2013, and this even includes indirect employment in the supply chain, (a figure which is guesstimated).
Given the number of jobs lost, directly and indirectly, because of the government’s climate agenda, this is hardly a cause for celebration.
The full report is here.