POLICY BRIEF: Providing certainty and acting with urgency – addressing skills and worker shortages for industrial decarbonisation

Summary

Authors:

Hannah Corbett,
Christian Calvillo,
Antonios Katris,
Paulina Gonzalez-Martinez,
Eve Lucas

University of Strathclyde

Providing certainty and acting with urgency – addressing skills and worker shortages for industrial decarbonisation

February 2024

This policy brief explores the impact of persistent skills and workers shortages on industrial decarbonisation efforts, particularly within the nascent CO2 transport and storage sector. This research highlights a number of key findings that can inform urgently required policy action, including the need to understand labour demand peaks, mitigate job displacement risks, and ensure coordinated action and sustained investment in workforce training. Innovative recruitment strategies, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and the importance of consistent assessment methods are also crucial. Urgent policy action is needed to address these challenges and ensure coordinated efforts across government, industry, and education sectors to maximise economic and environmental gains.

This project was funded by IDRIC (under EPSRC award number: EP/V027050/1). The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of IDRIC. Neither IDRIC nor EPSRC can be held responsible for them.