22 Mar Energy transition leads to more strength on the labor market
Bottlenecks in the labor market can impede the planned energy transition. That is the conclusion of the quick scan ‘Effects of the energy transition on the regional labor market‘. The PBL carried out this research at the request of the ministries of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Social Affairs and the SER.
The necessary changes in investments and energy use lead to a shift of production to more labor-intensive sectors and to other provinces. However, this other production can not be realized in the short term because employees do not all have the skills that the new work requires and are limited willing to relocate.
The PBL also published yesterday, with the CPB, the report ‘the employment effects of fiscal greening‘. The study concludes that fiscal greening primarily contributes to environmental objectives. Effects on employment do not appear to be there in the long term, neither in a positive nor in a negative sense.
PBL quickscan ‘Effects of the energy transition on the regional labor market‘ (Dutch)
PBL report: The employment effects of fiscal greening (Dutch)