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Skilled Workers: Sustainable Development

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the future skills needs of low carbon, resource-efficient industrial sectors. (255959)

The Department has not commissioned any specific research on skills for a low carbon resource efficient economy (LCREE), although we have consulted widely on this issue in other ways. In response to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, for example, we jointly sponsored the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance with BERR and Defra. Further consultations are planned with lead employers in the next few months with a view to drawing cutting edge LCREE expertise into the skills system.

The Department has reviewed a range of research reports on LCREE skills including:

Skills for a Low Carbon Resource Efficient Economy—Review of Evidence: Defra 2008

Energy Skills—Meeting the Challenge: a report for BERR by the Sector Skills network: 2008

Employment Opportunities and Challenges in the context of rapid industry growth: British Wind Energy Association October 2008

Today's Investment—Tomorrow's Asset: skills and employment in the Wind, Wave and Tidal Sector: British Wind Energy Association October 2008.

These reports have been instrumental in helping the Department set out a strategic LCREE skills solution in the proposed low carbon industrial strategy.