9,000 green jobs to be created in Cumbria 2036: In the next 15 years in Cumbria Green industries and investments could create 9,000 jobs.

It has been estimated from a new report by the local organisation Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) that almost 4,500 new green roles could be based in West Cumbria.

This green recovery could take place in the area around the site of proposed Whitehaven Coal Mine.

A couple of days ago, legal action was taken against Cumbria County Council by West Cumbria Mining (WCM), the developer of the project that would have been the first deep coal mine in the UK for 30 years.

The local authority’s decision to reconsider the planning application after environmental concerns followed.

It is reported that the new jobs would be across sectors including Industry, renewable heat, retrofitting, transport, renewable electricity and waste.

The potential total of the energy transition period and longer-term green jobs avaliable in Cumbria could reach over 25 times that figure, at 12,800 overall, as the analysis also challenges WCM’s claim that it would create around 500 jobs.

“High-quality, long-term and environmentally sustainable jobs could help the region recover from decades of neglect, exacerbated by the pandemic.” said Karen Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of CAfS.

“But for Cumbria to realise this potential requires a steadfast commitment to the green industries and technologies of the future.”

9,000 green jobs to be created in Cumbria 2036

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