A new report has called for the UK's built environment workforce to given green training in order to help the country meet its carbon emissions targets.
Currently, the built environment accounts for around half of the UK's CO2 emissions and Build Up Skills' - an alliance between Asset Skills, SummitSkills, CITB-ConstructionSkills and Energy & Utility Skills - has conducted a study which highlights the fact that focused training will need be needed to help reduce this figure.
It estimates that 161,000 skilled construction workers will be needed if the UK is to hit its 2020 carbon reduction targets.
Commenting on the findings, Sarah Bentley, chief executive of Asset Skills, said: "There is a clear lack of knowledge and confidence among employers about the green agenda and how it will affect their workforce."
Mark Farrar, chief executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills, added: "As the UK makes the transition towards becoming a low-carbon economy, the need to invest in skills for the built environment sector becomes more pressing."
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