This study builds on our earlier research for Lloyds Banking Group which reviewed evidence on the economic implications for the UK of the transition to a net zero future. From that review it was clear that different parts of the UK will face different challenges and opportunities from the net zero transition, reflecting differences in their industrial structures, skills endowments, and innovative capacities. In this second study we develop a “UK Green Growth Index” to assess which UK nations and regions may be most exposed to the challenges posed by the net zero transition, and where there may be greatest scope to capitalise on the growth of the green economy.

What you will learn:

Green growth challenges: which parts of the UK could be most exposed to disruption from the challenges posed by the net zero transition
Green growth opportunities: the degree to which the conditions are in place to capitalise on the growth of the green economy in each nation and region of the UK
The key green economy opportunities and assets for each part of the UK

Our analysis of green growth opportunities is based on four themes:

Base of green industry

Parts of the UK with a current or expected future base of green activity may be better placed to capitalise on green growth opportunities.





Renewable energy

Areas with a larger existing renewable energy sector may be more likely to have the skills, expertise and infrastructure to build on this in future.





Skills and training

Areas with highly skilled workers in relevant fields may be better placed to adapt to and enable the innovation needed to drive the transition.






A stronger base of innovative activity may mean that a nation or region is better placed to develop the technologies and techniques needed to decarbonise its economy and capitalise on green growth opportunities.



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