Reaching Scotland’s ambition of becoming a net zero carbon emitter by 2045 requires transformational change.

More skilled people will be needed across a range of jobs to cut the carbon footprint and create new, environmentally friendly solutions.

There is a need to adapt to the changing demand for skills, not just in sectors with a critical contribution to make to net zero such as energy transition or construction, but across the whole economy.

This requires both a skills system and a labour market which are more agile, proactive, responsive and resilient than ever before.

Published in December 2020, the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan sets out the government’s plan to maximise the transition to net-zero for Scotland, ensuring that Scotland’s workforce has the skills required to make the transition to net-zero a just transition, fair and inclusive to all.

It will act as a driver towards Scotland’s ambition to be a world leader in decarbonisation, aiming to reduce reach zero greenhouse gases by 2045, with an interim reduction of 45 per cent by 2030.

It sets out a clear direction for the changes needed in the skills system, and signals the role that industry, communities and individuals across Scotland will play in achieving this.

"Reaching net zero requires transformational change across our economy, with all of us working together to ensure individuals in Scotland are supported to take advantage of the opportunities it brings. This action plan identifies a series of priority areas for employers, education and individuals that will help us to do just that, and is a leading example of planning for green skills against climate change targets."

Professor Dave Reay, Chair, Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan Implementation Steering Group