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UK report says the country lacks skills to make the transition to a low-carbon economy

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The UK does not have the necessary skills to make the transition to low-carbon economy at the pace required to meet mandatory targets - or the training arrangements in place to fill the gap. The report "Mind the Gap - Skills for the transition to a low carbon economy" that was launched at the House of Commons on 19 November 2009, finds that, despite the UK's commitment to a rapid transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy, the Government's skills strategy is inadequate to meet these needs. It would be now imperative that ambition and delivery are accelerated.
The Aldersgate Group is a strategic coalition of businesses, NGOs, think tanks and individuals, who believe in that high environmental standards are essential for future economic growth and competitiveness.
Aldersgate Group Project Chair John Edmonds said: "The skills gap in the UK economy is well documented, with one in three firms already hampered by a shortage of skilled staff, from those needed to install new technology to scientists and engineers."
The skills shortage comes at a time when demand for engineers for major infrastructure projects is incerasing as the UK attempts to address expansion in offshore and onshore wind, carbon capture and storage, nuclear power, flood defences, high speed rail and upgrading water infrastructure. The report highlights that the most significant drivers for low carbon skills is a robust industrial policy that encourages investment in low carbon technology and resource efficiency. Germany had shown an active industrial and skills policy can help stimulate widespread economic growth and job creation. Responsibility for progress should be shared between government, business, trade unions, professional bodies and the workforce.