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Question reference: S3W-33303

  • Asked by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, MSP for Lothians, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 21 April 2010
  • Current status: Answered by Jim Mather on 6 May 2010


To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs in the renewables and low-carbon sector are expected to be created in the next (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 20 years.


The Scottish Government''s discussion paper, Towards a Low Carbon Economy for Scotland, reported in March that from a baseline of around 70,000 jobs in 2008, the low carbon sector in Scotland could support an additional 60,000 jobs by 2020, of which 26,000 jobs could be created in the renewable energy industry.

By 2015 it is estimated that almost 32,000 jobs could be created in the low carbon sector, of which around 13,500 jobs could be created in the renewables sector. The remainder of the low carbon jobs are expected to be created in the environmental management and emerging low carbon technologies sectors.

There are currently no forecasts of the number of jobs that could be created over the next 20 years in Scotland''s low carbon and renewable energy sector.