REview21, the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology’s (REA) annual report, projected that the number of people employed in the renewable energy and clean technology sector could increase by 15,200.
In 2019 the East of England renewable sector employed 10,800 people, and its current market value is £1.8bn.
But, using employment models and analysis of the government’s current renewables policy, the renewable energy trade association projects that within 15 years 26,000 people will be employed in the sector.
These figures cover Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, as well as Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
Despite its reputation as a site of off-shore wind farms, the East of England is the only UK region where wind energy is not the largest renewables employer, providing jobs for just 26% of the workforce.
Bioenergy is the biggest renewables employer in the East of England, with the sector supporting 29.7% of renewable and clean tech jobs in the region.
Dr Nina Skorupska, REA chief executive, said: “REview21 underlines the huge economic opportunities on offer for the East of England.
“The renewable energy and clean tech industry currently supports the employment of just under 11,000 jobs, but we believe that could increase by over 15,000 by 2035.
“This figure could be even greater if the government properly backs our sector and puts the industry at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery.
“By the same token, these job projections aren’t a guarantee either. If the sector continues to receive patchy and short-term support from the government then we could fall well short of our sector’s, and, indeed, the East of England’s economic potential.
“If the government is serious about reaching their Net Zero ambitions, and about ‘levelling up’, they need to back our sector and help us deliver new jobs and investment in the East of England.”