London jobseekers to benefit from environmental initiatives

Employment in 'Green' jobs has been tipped to grow by 18,000 over the next two years despite the current economic conditions, according to a report launched by the London Development Agency (LDA).

The report titled Green Expectations sets out London's low carbon job prospects from 2008/09 to 2012/13. According to the report, job growth in London's low carbon sector, particularly in renewable energy, is forecast to exceed all other sectors in the next two years. In 2008/09 approximately 100,000 people were employed in the low carbon sector in London, and by 2013 18,000 new jobs will be created. An estimated 2,200 of these net new jobs in the low carbon sector will be accessible to workless or low-skilled Londoners.

Stephen Evans, London Development Agency Director of Employment said: "Green Expectations provides a blueprint for future job growth in London's low carbon sector, enabling us to identify job growth in this sector and develop a series of innovative projects to help workless Londoners to benefit.

"Working closely with central and local government and London business we will be using the findings of this report to build on our Low Carbon Employment and Skills Programme and increase job opportunities in this sector across the Capital."

The launch of Green Expectations coincides with a visit by a group of peer experts from the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) who are in the capital to help London in its efforts to become a Leading Low Carbon Capital. The OECD's study will focus on how well placed London is to benefit from transition to a low carbon economy, with a particular focus on the creation of jobs and the development of a skilled 'green' workforce. This work will contribute to a wider OECD study into Green Jobs in 2011.

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