RMT statement on green energy report

RMT statement on green energy report

25 May 2021

RMT Press Office:

RMT statement on report that green energy will be main source of offshore employment by 2030.

OFFSHORE UNION RMT issued a statement on today’s report published by Robert Gordon University that predicts green energy in the North Sea will overtake oil and gas as the main source of offshore employment by 2030.

The report predicts a fall in employment to 70,000 workers in offshore oil and gas (direct and indirect) by 2030. That figure is expected to be offset by 90,000 in offshore wind and 40,000 in other offshore green industries such as hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:

“We welcome this detailed report, spelling out the magnitude of the changes in store for the offshore oil and gas industry from a fall in daily production of 37% by 2030.

“With 90% of offshore workers holding transferrable skills, a just transition for fossil fuel workers to jobs in all offshore energy sectors should be well underway.

“However, our members on the installations and in the supply chain are not hearing anything from employers or license holders on how they can re-train for work in offshore wind and other green growth sectors, despite heavy investment in UK offshore wind farms by BP, Total, Shell and others.

“This report is further evidence that industry needs to put its money where its mouth is and work with trade unions on a just transition for all offshore oil and gas workers.”

Notes to Editors
  1. RMT organise workers in offshore oil and gas and offshore renewables.
  2. The UK Offshore Energy Workforce Transferability Review published today by the Energy Transition Institute at Robert Gordon University is here
  3. An article on the report in today’s Guardian newspaper can be found here https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/may/25/north-sea-green-energy-could-overtake-oil-and-gas-by-2030-says-study

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