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Responding to today’s report by the Office of National Statistics showing the strength of the low carbon and renewable energy sector, Rebecca Williams, Energy Specialist at WWF said

“With almost a quarter of a million people working in the low carbon energy sector, and many thousands employed indirectly, this industry really is a boon to the UK economy. It is pumping billions into our economy, growing jobs and boosting innovation, and that is before we take into account the beneficial impacts it is having on our environment. With over 25% of our electricity being produced from renewable sources, the low carbon sector has now truly come of age, but to meet our climate obligations we must go further.

“As we prepare to leave the EU it is now more important than ever that we embrace the low carbon sector, and at least maintain our current environmental regulations. To continue the growth of these businesses, and to meet our crucial climate responsibilities, the UK Government needs to provide investors and employees with clarity by publishing the long overdue plan to reduce emissions.”

Notes to Editors

The report: UK environmental accounts: Low carbon and renewable energy economy survey, final estimates: 2015 found that:

  • In 2015, an estimated 234,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees were working directly in low carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) activities in the UK, accounting for 1.0% of total UK non-financial employees.
  • LCRE activities generated £43.1 billion turnover in 2015, accounting for 1.3% of total UK non-financial turnover.
  • Sectors active in renewable energy generated £14.9 billion in turnover in 2015, which is 34.7% of all LCRE turnover.
  • The energy efficient products sector accounted for a third of LCRE turnover (£13.9 billion) and almost half of LCRE employment (102,500 FTE).
  • Over half (52.9%) of the UK’s turnover from onshore wind activities was generated in Scotland (£1.5 billion).
  • The solar, offshore and onshore wind sectors combined accounted for 63.5% of all LCRE acquisitions in 2015.