In 2007-08 there were an estimated 880,000 jobs in the UK Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services Sector (LCEGS). This is based on a report by Innovas, which was commissioned by Government. The estimate covers not only ‘traditional’ environmental goods and service sectors and renewable energy technologies, but also emerging low-carbon areas such as carbon finance, alternative fuels, building technologies and energy management. This deliberately broad definition encompasses the far reaching nature of the sector and includes the associated supply chain activity.
But we need to remember that essentially we need all jobs to be green jobs. Ambitious carbon reduction targets will require a transition to low carbon for the whole economy. This will affect businesses and workers across the entire British economy, not just the LCEGS sector.