Understanding the labour justice outcomes of green job transitions

Funders and partners

Themes

This project is responsive as it will look to expand the analyses conducted across different themes of EDRC, to introduce a more specific focus on the labour impacts associated with different energy demand solutions. As the transition to net zero is expected to lead to the creation of green jobs, this project will aim to identify how the quality and quantity of employment is changing as a result of introducing different energy demand solutions.

Crucially, this project will also identify what are the labour requirements in order to successfully implement energy demand solutions and how the completing requirements between different solutions are likely to affect their expected economy-wide outcomes. The findings of this project are key for policy design as they not only provide insights on what the future labour market might look like, but, crucially, help policymakers identify potential existing bottlenecks in the labour markets, which may slow down the implementation of policies and/or increase the associated costs.

The project will build on the economy-wide modelling methodology of the ‘Understanding wider economy implications and equity outcomes’ project. The scope is to also utilise the findings from a wide range of EDRC projects so that the insights presented here capture the challenges faced across different areas of actions on energy demand.

Research questions:

  • What are the potential qualitative and quantitative impacts in the labour market, due to the implementation of energy demand actions?
  • How are the outcomes of energy demand solutions affected by the prevailing conditions in the labour market, including the availability of skilled labour and the competition between different proposed actions?