Climate Jobs: Building a workforce for the climate emergency

The report Climate Jobs: Building a workforce for the climate emergency was produced by the Campaign against Climate Change trade union group. You can find out more about the work of the trade union group and how you can get involved here. Any trade union members are welcome to attend the online meetings, and branches can affiliate to the Campaign against Climate Change.

The report provides a detailed and in-depth update of the One Million Climate Jobs report, demonstrating that there are many more than a million good, well paid, skilled jobs that could be created if we get serious and urgently tackle the climate emergency, as the science demands.

But to do this requires us to break from the failed reliance on the market and instead to invest in a huge expansion of public sector jobs across all sectors from transport, energy and food to homes, education and more, which are essential to tackling the climate crisis.

At the heart of this, we argue, needs to be a National Climate Service which can organise, plan, train workers and deliver the jobs so urgently needed. The changes needed are ones which will improve our lives, ensuring among other things we have warm homes, a fully integrated public transport system and most importantly a safe climate and ecology now and in the future.

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Report references and further information

To follow up references numbered in the report text, click on the technical companion below for each chapter. These also contain more detailed information. The printed report contains reference numbers which refer to these companion reports.

References for Chapter 1: Why we need to act – the urgency of now

References for Chapter 2: Keeping the lights on with renewables: jobs in energy generation, distribution and storage

References for Chapter 3: Warm homes, healthy workplaces: climate jobs in buildings

References for Chapter 4: Creating a green, affordable and accessible network for all: climate jobs in transport

References for Chapter 5: Decarbonising processes and materials: climate jobs in industry

References for Chapter 6: Working the land: climate jobs in food, agriculture and nature

References for Chapter 7: Towards Zero Waste: climate jobs in the circular economy

[Note: some of these are complete as of 28.10.21, others will be updated with additional information and further reading exploring the issues... after COP26]