The low-carbon and renewable energy economy could create nearly 700,000 jobs by 2030 in England, increasing to 1.18 million by 2050, a new report has revealed.
The Local Government Association (LGA) found that demand for green jobs will increase rapidly as the nation transitions to a net zero economy.
The report also said the 'green jobs bonanza' could help offset the expected job losses due to coronavirus.
The LGA is calling for national skills, employment schemes and funding to be devolved to councils and combined authorities.
Cllr Sir Richard Leese, chair of the LGA’s City Regions Board, said: 'Demand for green jobs is due to sky-rocket as we move towards a net zero economy and local government, with its local knowledge and expertise, is best placed to ensure the workforce in every region of the country can successfully surf the new wave of employment opportunities.
'Localising and devolving skills investment, back to work support and any job guarantee will be critical to ensuring everyone benefits from new local jobs, including these one million new low-carbon jobs.'