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UK risks failure on just and fair transition: report

21 May 2024

The UK will fail to achieve a ‘just and fair’ transition – as defined by the United Nations – by 2030 unless there are major changes of policy in Westminster and Holyrood, Robert Gordon University (RGU) says in a report published May 21. Sustaining UK offshore energy industry jobs, supply chain investments and the economic contribution of the workforce depends on cross-party alignment, it says.

Delivering our energy future looks at over 6,560 pathways for the UK offshore energy industry between now and 2030. Fewer than 15 – less than 0.3% – meet the ‘just and fair’ transition principles. It finds that political decisions, rather than energy market economics, is what will determine the size of the workforce and supply chain.

RGU says that for “a new energy future,” better and faster grid access and flexible power price mechanisms were still needed. If the UK is to secure its energy ambitions and address the cost of living crisis, manage energy security and deliver the net zero agenda, a more agile and joined-up approach is needed, it said.

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