As companies target net zero emissions by 2050, industrial decarbonization gathers momentum to embrace novel technologies, smart policies, robust investments, and new business models. To drive such initiatives, talent acquisition activities are on the rise across industries, according to research from GlobalData, a leading data, and analytics company.
The report, "Net Zero by 2050: Industrial Decarbonization Gains Momentum to Fight Climate Change", looks at broad trends around decarbonization across industries.
Kiran Raj, Principal Disruptive Tech Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “The recent boom around earth-saving technologies for renewable power generation, energy efficiency, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen economy is fueling the need to hire mid-to-senior level talent in emission-intensive industries, such as energy & utilities, transportation, and construction.”
Sanchari Chatterjee, Senior Disruptive Tech Analyst at GlobalData, notes: “Commissioning solar and wind power generated projects in energy & utilities, designing electric vehicles in transportation, and creating smart grid systems for green buildings continue to remain the hiring sweet spots of big companies to drive decarbonization efforts.”
The roles and companies, vary, but one thing is clear: these are jobs that are only going to increase in volume over time.
Chatterjee concludes: “Seasoned talent in sustainability is imperative to achieve net zero goals by 2050. It can happen only if companies find talent with the right skills and motivation to drive sustainable outcomes without compromising financial attributes. Radical revaluation is required in the hiring strategies of companies operating in energy-intensive industries.”
Looking at the trends, this is a great industry to move into as a talent acquisition pro - particularly if you are working in "old energy" related fields (coal, for example), where hiring is likely to decline over the coming decades.
Consider these points from Karin Kimbrough, Chief Economist, LinkedIn: