Final report: Worker perceptions of the transition to a low carbon economy

The final report was launched today on a research project that looks at worker perceptions of climate change and the green transition in Yorkshire and the Humber.

This report was prepared to inform policymaking for building a regional ‘just transition’. Just transition encompasses a range of social interventions needed to secure workers' rights and livelihoods when economies are shifting to sustainable production, primarily combating climate change.

Working closely with the Y&H TUC Low-Carbon Taskforce, which includes unions and business leaders from regional carbon-intensive sectors, the research gathered data on the skills, employment and re-deployment needs facing workplaces implementing low-carbon transition plans.

The survey of 2000 UK workers showed that the investment in skills and involvement of workers in decarbononisation programmes early on is a key recipe for success. These findings have particular relevance to policymakers, business and trade unions.

The research was led by Dr Jo Cutter and Professor Vera Trappmann from the Business School’s Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC), with funding support from UKRI Research England.

Full Report: Worker perceptions of climate change and the green transition in Yorkshire and the Humber: Building the evidence base for the just transition in the region

Read more about the research project here