Perth-based energy group SSE plans green job change for 1 in 5 employees
At its Beatrice offshore wind farm off the coast of Caithness, up to two-thirds of the control room staff are former oil and gas workers.
The figures were released as part of an update to the company’s just transition strategy, which was unveiled last year, with the aim that “no one is left behind in the decarbonization movement “.
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SSE said the work underway at its Peterhead power station was a good example of the transition, with the traditional gas-fired power plant part of plans to develop one of the UK’s first power plants equipped with technology carbon capture. This year has seen a record influx of ten apprentices who will support the shift from a high carbon energy source to a low carbon energy source, retaining skills in the field while building careers. for the future.
As part of its efforts to create green jobs, SSE is investing billions of pounds in renewables, power grids and other infrastructure needed to achieve net zero.
“As SSE’s Peterhead Power Plant embodies the just transition where the traditional gas-fired power plant is part of plans to develop one of the UK’s first power plants equipped with carbon capture technology,” added the group.
Alistair Phillips-Davies, CEO of SSE, said: “The climate emergency demands action, but it means big changes in people’s lives – and in their livelihoods.
“Since we released our just transition strategy last year, we have felt real momentum for a just transition to net zero. There is a real consensus among policymakers, businesses and unions that we cannot allow the mistakes of previous industrial transformations to happen again.
Japan’s announcement last week saw SSE’s renewable energy arm sign an agreement with Pacifico Energy, one of Japan’s largest renewable energy developers, to create a joint-ownership company that will pursue development projects. offshore wind power in this East Asian country.
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