North Sea green energy could overtake oil and gas by 2030, study finds

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The UK’s half-century legacy as a premier offshore oil and gas hub will be eclipsed by the North Sea’s rapidly growing green energy industry over the next decade , according to a new study.

An academic study from Robert Gordon University, based in the oil industry capital of Aberdeen in Scotland, found that by 2030 most jobs in the UK offshore energy sector will be in the low carbon energy sector.

Research has found that the number of green jobs off the UK’s coast is likely to rise from 20% of the country’s offshore energy sector to 65% by the end of the decade in a ‘significant change for the ‘offshore energy industry’.

Almost half of the jobs in the UK offshore energy industry will be supported by the offshore wind sector, which is the largest in the world and could support up to 90,000 jobs by 2030 in the part of a new agreement with the government to support a quadrupling of wind power. capacity.

Meanwhile, a fifth of jobs in the offshore energy sector in 2030, or 40,000 roles, will be linked to other clean energy sectors such as the production of hydrogen from renewable energies, or the capture and storage of carbon emissions from factories and heavy industry under the seabed.

The number of jobs supported by the North Sea oil and gas industry is expected to fall to 40% of all offshore energy jobs, just over a third of the total, as the oil industry continues to decline .

The results mark a milestone for the UK North Sea industry which for decades has thrived financially and supported a significant number of jobs in the UK economy, producing billions of barrels of oil since the heyday of the industry in the 1970s.

But Professor Paul de Leeuw, director of Robert Gordon University and lead author of the report, said the transition to green energy jobs comes at a “material price” for the UK, as those who are currently employed in the oil and gas sector will be able to transfer their skills to cleaner sectors.

“With many of the skills and competencies required for the offshore energy sector to be highly interchangeable, the energy transition offers a unique opportunity to create a new world-class net zero energy workforce,” he said. -he declares.

Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the government’s recent agreement with the North Sea industry “will ensure that we have an energy skills base in the UK which is fit for the future. While the Green Jobs task force will advise on how to create the skilled workforce needed for a low-carbon economy.

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