Scottish oil workers mulling careers due to climate change: Some 80% of oil workers in Scotland have considered their careers in light of the potential impacts that actions taken to tackle climate change could have.

Industry body Scottish Renewables new research suggests retraining to join the renewable sector received a positive from 77% and notes government support to help them move to new jobs in the renewable energy sector would be welcomed by 86% of oil and gas professionals.

Renewable sources provide about 90% of Scotland’s electricity now, reducing much of the need for continued oil and gas exploration – the report adds more low carbon heating being installed, more electric vehicles being adopted, and less plastic being used will further reduce the need for fossil fuels.

Coronavirus has also hit the sector with a demand cut it highlights, leading to a prediction that by 2022, 30,000 UK workers could lose their jobs in the field.

Claire Mack, Scottish Renewables Chief Executive said: “Our industry provides enormous opportunity for those working in oil and gas who may be facing redundancy and unemployment.

“These professionals possess a high level of skills and expertise which, with the right support from government to create a clear pipeline of projects to meet our climate change targets, can be utilised to help develop and grow the renewable energy workforce we will need.”

Scottish oil workers mulling careers due to climate change

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