Scottish Greens welcome huge growth in renewables jobs

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A new report highlighting a huge boost in the number of jobs being supported by the renewables sector in Scotland is proof a green economy is growing careers and sustainability at pace, say the Scottish Greens.

Strathclyde University’s Fraser of Allander Institute states that renewables now support more than 42,000 sustainable industry and supply chain jobs, up more than 50% on the previous year’s total of 27,000.

It also generated more than £10bn worth of output in 2021. That includes £3.4bn from onshore wind, £4bn from offshore wind and £1.2bn via hydropower alone.

Mark Ruskell MSP, Scottish Greens spokesperson on climate and the environment, said: “The economic and environmental benefits of supporting our renewables industry are now becoming clear for everyone to see. Green policies are creating good quality green jobs.

“This is exactly the right kind of growth our economy, workers and households need. Thanks to a Scottish Government that is consistently and strongly pro-renewables, we are attracting investment, delivering jobs and building a world-leading industry.

“Scotland’s progressive and bold planning system for renewables, and strong targets, and supportive policies are making it easier for businesses to make the big investment decisions that are needed. This compares starkly to the inconsistent approach taken by Westminster, whose effective ban on onshore wind destroyed the industry in England.

“With Scottish Greens in government, we are ensuring investment and policy decisions are being put in place, and it is great that the industry is responding so positively.”

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