The shift to a green economy will create green jobs within new and emerging sectors, while those working in existing sectors will have to gain the requisite green skills to take advantage of the business value-creation opportunities that come from embedding sustainability across the whole organisation, argues Martin Baxter.

In response to the global need for action, the UK government has set out the need for the UK to lead in transforming our economy so that it is ‘net zero’ in totality by 2050. It is also in the process of setting legally binding long-term environmental targets through the new Environment Act.

To achieve these long-term carbon and environmental outcomes, all organisations will be expected to commit to being net zero and contribute to mitigating and reversing environmental damage. Doing so while remaining economically viable will require different ways of operating from top to bottom, placing new demands on workers at all levels.

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