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28 Jan 2011 09:01:01

Skills shortage 'biggest barrier to low carbon development'

Skills shortage 'biggest barrier to low carbon development'
A shortage of skills is the biggest barrier to the development of the low carbon economy in the UK, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has claimed.

Alex Randall, a spokesperson for the centre, said the "key issues the government should be focusing on" are training and education, although he highlighted "resource depletion is rapidly becoming a problem in many areas".

The comments come after the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs warned the provision of certain resources, including some of those needed to develop the technology required to combat climate change, is under threat and their price and availability in the long term cannot be guaranteed.

Mr Randall said resource depletion was a particular issue in the energy industry, but currently the UK does not have the skills required to make the shift from fossil fuels to renewable sources.

He said: "This skills gap must become a priority for the government. If they are serious about a low carbon future then they must fund training and education in green technologies." ADNFCR-1235-ID-800370649-ADNFCR

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