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Motion ref. S5M-23283

Friends of the Earth Scotland, Platform and Greenpeace Report, Offshore

Submitted by: Lewis Macdonald, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Friday, November 6, 2020

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Claudia Beamish, Sarah Boyack, Mark McDonald, Alex Rowley, Colin Smyth

That the Parliament recognises the report, Offshore, which has been published by Friends of the Earth Scotland, Platform and Greenpeace and surveyed 1,383 offshore oil and gas workers regarding industry conditions and the transition to renewables; welcomes this decision to engage with the workforce on this important issue, which it believes will affect the workers' jobs and communities in the decades to come; notes that 91% of those surveyed had never heard of the term, “just transition”; believes that the rhetoric of a just transition means nothing if the affected workers are not involved in determining policies that have an impact on their livelihoods and communities; acknowledges that the survey found that 81% of the workers would consider making the transition to renewables but that there are barriers to this transition, including retraining requirements and a lack of opportunities; recognises that the skills and experiences of oil and gas workers are essential to deliver the equitable and rapid transition to renewable energy, which it considers is itself essential to tackling the climate emergency, and calls on the Scottish Government to meet with oil and gas workers and their trade unions to ensure that those with the right skills, experience and knowledge are at the heart of shaping just energy transition policies and commit to steps to improving job security and conditions for offshore workers and tackling barriers to entry in the renewables industry.