31 Jul 2009 11:07:00
Green investment could create over a million UK jobs
The UK government has been urged to invest heavily in low-carbon technology if it is to meet its aim of creating 1.2 million green jobs by 2020.
According to the Trades Union Congress, much more needs to be done to bring the UK up to speed with European rivals such as Germany and Spain in terms of renewable energy production and energy-efficiency.
Brendan Barber, general secretary of the national body, spoke in response to a report by recruitment group Acre Resources, which indicated that over a third of the UK's green energy workers are not UK citizens.
He said: "While the UK is lagging behind many of our European neighbours in embracing green technology, the UK has a world-class manufacturing base to build on.
"By investing heavily and regulating in favour of green technology, the government can turn the UK into a world leader and create over a million skilled jobs."
Acre Resources' Carbon Salary Survey, which was conducted with Thomson Reuters and corporate social responsibility specialist Acona, showed that 20 percent of climate change workers were from outside the European Economic Area.http://tinyurl.com/krnhuw