Nearly four out of five Scottish oil workers would be keen to retrain and work in the renewable energy sector, according to an industry survey. Oil and gas operators are looking at ways to reduce their carbon emissions as the North Sea sector tries to move towards being a net-zero emissions basin. However, there are concerns that the reduced demand for oil as a result of Covid-19 and a weak global price will accelerate job cuts. The survey, conducted on behalf of the Scottish Renewables trade body, found that 77 per cent of oil workers would be happy to move into renewables and to learn new skills. Eighty-six per cent indicated that they would welcome support from government to help them in the transition. Scottish Renewables believes that Holyrood ministers should provide a training fund to help workers to pursue renewable energy careers as part of the nation’s ambitions for net zero emissions.
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