Scotland is home to the biggest green-energy, low-carbon economy in UK (pro rata)

green SaltireScotland had the greatest percentage of businesses engaged in the low carbon and renewable energy (LoCARE) economy activities in the UK in 2014, with the equivalent of 5.2% of all non-financial businesses in Scotland reporting some activity in the sector.

This accounted for 8.3% of all businesses working in the (LoCARE) economy in the UK, according to new data published by the Dept for Energy (DECC).

The Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Economy (LoCARE) Survey was designed to provide greater detail on the low carbon and renewable energy economy in the UK. The survey was sent for the first time in 2015 (for the reporting year 2014) to a sample of 41,483 UK businesses and achieved a response rate of 84.5%

The greatest proportion of LoCARE turnover was also estimated for Scotland, accounting for 2.4% (£5.6 billion) of all turnover generated in the Scottish non-financial business economy. The LoCARE turnover in Scotland accounted for 12.2% of all LoCARE turnover generated in the UK.

A total of 21,500 full-time equivalent workers were employed in LoCARE sectors in Scotland, accounting for 1.5% of all FTE non-financial employees in the country.

Tara Schmidt
Tara Schmidt

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In England, 83,000 businesses (equivalent to 4.4% of all non-financial businesses in England) were active in LoCARE sectors in 2014. Turnover accounted for 1.2% of all non-financial turnover generated in England while an estimated 201,000 people were employed in low-carbon and renewable energy sectors –  representing 1.3% of all non-financial full time employees in England.

In Wales in 2014, around 3,500 businesses in Wales (equivalent to 3.9% of all non-financial businesses) were engaged in LCRE activity, accounting for 1.9% (£2.0 billion) of total non-financial turnover generated in the country. A total of 9,500 FTEs were employed in LCRE sectors accounting for 1.3% of all FTE non-financial employees..

In Northern Ireland, 2,000 businesses (equivalent to 3.2% of all non-financial businesses in Northern Ireland) were estimated to be LCRE active, generating 1.6% (£1.0 billion) of total non-financial turnover in the country. A total of 6,500 FTEs were employed in LCRE sectors, accounting for 1.5% of all FTE non-financial employees.

 

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