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Transforming your organisation for the green economy

The green skills and green jobs your workforce need to succeed.

Work toward net zero

Read our global report which offers an in-depth economic look at the human impact of climate change, identifies vulnerable geographies, industries and who within the Green Collar workforce is most at risk, and provides policy solutions for business leaders charged with enhancing social, environmental and economic resilience.

The UK of 2050 will look radically different from today.


We anticipate a world where carbon emissions are captured and reused, and homes have moved to low-carbon heating. AI-driven farming will produce more from less land; food 'waste' will be transformed into valuable medicine, while in our cities low-energy travel will be the norm. But reaching this point requires changes from every industry. As jobs become greener we'll all need to acquire green skills, many of them outside the specialised sustainability areas you might expect. Marketing, HR, IT and Finance are all set to become greener.It's a big challenge, and there's no quick fix. But the momentum is building. The transition to a sustainable workforce is already underway. Green skills will soon be business-as-usual; part of every job every day, much as digital has become. The next decade presents us with unprecedented opportunities, and the sooner we develop these new skills the better.

We can do it by working together now.

Green skills, green jobs. What's the difference?


In the transition to a green economy, i.e., one that is circular and more sustainable, our definition of what it means to be green will inevitably evolve.

Currently, 'green skills' is the term used to cover the technical skills, knowledge, behaviours and capabilities required to tackle environmental challenges, and unlock the opportunities for growth they present.

'Green jobs' covers the specialist roles focused on specific domains or initiatives, dedicated to improving environmental outcomes — whether that's for a single organisation or the entire UK economy.

Either way, it's not an issue we can kick into the long, green grass. 80% of the people who will make up the workforce of 2030 are already in employment today. And if we're going to build their capabilities for the future, now is the time to act.

Our new report, A blueprint for green workforce transformation, looks at the drive to build a greener workforce across the UK economy.The report, developed in collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), is packed with valuable insights and case studies to mobilise organisations for the green economy.

Report key findings

With the fastest growing demand in sectors like luxury goods and internet technology, many organisations have already recognised the competitive advantages of adopting environmentally-positive business models.

Green skills are becoming more important, with a trend towards elevating sustainability professionals to executive positions. This suggests the emergence of both highly specialist sustainability roles to solve technical problems, and generalist sustainability roles that work across organisations to ensure an aligned approach.

As environmental sustainability becomes the norm, they will need the skills to take advantage of this change. The blend of green skills adoption, coupled with an environmentally-sustainable workforce culture, will inspire new business models and strategies that deliver for people, planet and profit.

Individuals and job families within an organisation will require a tailored combination of skills and behaviours to improve their performance in the green economy. The application of green skills in their daily roles will be key to value realisation, with varied approaches depending on the emissions-intensiveness of the industry.

Since much of the workforce has been trained to generate economic value without much regard to its impact on the planet, embedding a green culture will need strategies to break established habits. Through incentives and role modelling, an organisation can send clear signals on how it intends to operate and which behaviours it values.

The hydrogen sector has the potential to create 100,000 jobs by 2050. Carbon capture and storage is a nascent green sector, highlighted as vital by the IPCC. But building it will require significant technical skills currently in limited supply. Consequently, project management skills from the oil and gas industry, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and engineering expertise will all become of increasing value.

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