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A summary of methods and approaches for identifying the skills needs associated with the transition to a low carbon economy and a consideration of the policy and research implications

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The key research question of this report is: Why is it important to look at identification of skill needs for the green and low-carbon economy? Most research questions about the impact of the transition to a low carbon economy require significant analysis at the sector level. Emphasis would need to be given to sector level changes, such as growth in employment in renewable energy industries, the growth of industries providing services and goods for energy efficiency and loss of employment in carbon intensive activities such as coal mining and traditional coal-fired generation of electricity, which are important features of the transition to the low carbon economy. It should be pointed out that even research focused at the most macro level should take into account the significant effects of sector changes, particularly in terms of quantitative indicators and a qualitative interpretation that is meaningful to macroeconomic analysis. Similarly, sector analysis may also require analysis beyond the sector level to identify wider employment effects through the supply chains of businesses in the sector (indirect employment) and through the wider effects of consumer spending by those employed in businesses in the sector and in their supply chains (induced employment).

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