130,000 new jobs in the industry by 2050

Equinors,turbine plantBuchan,Scotland. Equinors Hywind Buchan wind turbine plant outside Scotland Photo: Øyvinf Gravås / Equinor / NTB scanpix

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By 2050, Norway can develop 130,000 new jobs in the industrial and energy sectors, according to a new Sintef report for NHO.

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In its work on the report, Sintef has asked various industries to estimate the future labor market if the UN’s sustainability goals are to be followed by 2050, writes Klassekampen.

The researchers believe that it is the offshore wind that has the greatest potential for developing new jobs, with as many as 50,000 new jobs.

Carbon capture and storage can provide between 30,000 and 40,000 new jobs, while battery production and jobs in mining and minerals can grow by 15,000 and 5,000 new permanent annual positions, respectively, according to the report.

In addition, the researchers believe that if the supplier industry succeeds in digitization, the industry can grow by 30,000 jobs.

The challenge is that the jobs in the renewable industry are not as profitable as the roughly 60,000 positions in today’s oil industry, according to the report.

“For example, if half of them are to be replaced, we need to create 300,000 new jobs to earn as much,” says head of research, research leader Petter Støa at Sintef, to the Class Fight.

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