UK energy minister celebrates “once-in-a-generation” green jobs opportunity as part of ‘Faces of the Energy Transition’ campaign


Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, has today highlighted the importance of clean energy innovation to unlock economic opportunities and create future-proof green jobs.

The video was released as part of the Faces of the Energy Transition campaign, led by centre of sustainable energy expertise Regen, in partnership with the UK energy trade associations, including Energy UK, Global Wind Energy Council, Renewable UK and others, and supported by COP26, Race to Zero and the UN High-Level Climate Champions.

The campaign is designed to celebrate the inspiring individuals and pioneering projects working to achieve the clean energy transition and tackle the climate crisis internationally.

Videos produced as part of the campaign feature individuals sharing stories of their journey into a green job and their message for leaders at COP26. Organisations featured in the videos include the COP26 Principal Partners, NatWest, National Grid and SSE Renewables.

Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, said, “It’s an honour to be promoting this campaign on behalf of the trade associations representing the thriving clean energy sector. It is fantastic to see so many people passionate about their work in the clean energy transition and helping the UK to build back greener and better.”

Rachel Hayes, senior strategy advisor at COP26 and associate director at Regen, who has led the campaign, said, “I’m thrilled to be spearheading the Faces of the Energy Transition campaign as it’s a perfect opportunity to showcase the diversity of talent and breadth of jobs which exist in the clean energy sector. The campaign highlights that progress at COP26 is a huge opportunity to create more business opportunities with new jobs and that people from all walks of life may be inspired to consider a green job.”

The videos also showcase some of the technologies that will be required to reach a net zero economy, including heat pumps, wind and solar power, electric vehicles and green hydrogen.


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