The structure of the labour markets and skills demand will undoubtedly be affected by climate action. To meet the stringent climate action targets that India has committed to, we need much more than good intentions; we need skilled people in several areas.
- Enabling the Energy Transition – People for offshore wind, electricity optimisation, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage.
- Transforming construction – Creating energy-efficient buildings and modifying existing facilities. Sustainable methods of construction and installation of low energy cooling systems.
- New Manufacturing – The drive towards net-zero coincides with longer-term structural manufacturing changes. Zero-waste, high efficiency and zero-emissions technology will transform manufacturing. This will need new skills and new processes.
- Decarbonising transport – With significant opportunity for technical innovation, design of low carbon transport products and an international market for knowledge and expertise, the automotive sector is looking at tumultuous change and a new breed of fast changing, adaptable, and highly skilled workers.
- Low carbon and regenerative farming – Engineers, food scientists/technologists are needed for low resource, regenerative, precision farming. This change is reflected in demand for higher-level agri and food business and commercial management skills.