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Green jobs growth 'slows' in UK

REA report blames negative government policy for drop off

Green jobs growth 'slows' in UK image

The number of jobs in the UK renewables industry grew by 2.5% between 2014 and 2016 compared with growth of almost 9% in the previous two-year period, according to a report published today. 

The Renewable Energy Association's (REA's) annual REView blamed stalling growth on 15 negative policy changes by the UK government since the 2015 general election. 

The report warned that cuts to the feed-in tariff, closure of the Renewables Obligation to onshore wind and solar and reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive would likely harm job and turnover growth further in the 2016–2017 period. 

However, it found the UK renewables sector employed record 125,940 people in 2015–2016, when the sector's turnover was estimated to be £17.4bn.

“Policy instability in Westminster has slowed growth. Our member companies are helping build a system that is reliable, low-carbon and more affordable than the previous one” said REA chief executive Nina Skorupska. 

“There’s fierce competition to be at the fore of these new technologies internationally. Government action is needed to ensure the opportunity to be leaders in technologies such as energy storage and decentralised systems does not slip between our fingers,” she added.  

Image: Freeimages, Arno Nym

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