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ONS releases Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Economy Final estimates

1 February 2019

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released the final estimates for 2016 on the Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Survey results on the low carbon and renewable energy economy in the UK, including direct and indirect activity, employees and turnover. 

The findings in the report oare figures based on survey-based estimates from a sample of the population, rather than the whole. 

Some of the major findings from the data include:

  • The UK low carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) economy grew by 5.0% to £42.6 billion in 2016, from £40.5 billion in 2015; it continued to account for around 1% of total UK non-financial turnover.
  • The number of employees working directly in the LCRE economy in the UK, grew by 3.3% to 208,000 full-time equivalents (FTE) in 2016, from 201,500 in 2015; it continued to account for around 1% of total UK non-financial employees.
  • The energy efficient product group accounted for almost half of total LCRE turnover (£20.7 billion) and over two-thirds of LCRE employment (141,500 FTE) in 2016.
  • Turnover in the solar sector in the UK fell from £3.1 billion in 2015 to £2.0 billion in 2016; over 85% of UK turnover in the solar sector relates to activity in England.
  • In 2016, almost half (45.8%) of the UK’s turnover from onshore wind activities was generated in Scotland (£1.5 billion); by contrast, over 80% (£2.4 billion) of the UK’s turnover from offshore wind activities was generated in England.
  • Exports related to the low emission vehicles sector were £2.2 billion in 2016, representing 60% of all UK LCRE exports.

The Energy Efficient products sector was the biggest employer in the UK low carbon and renewable energy economy for 2016, and this covers products, lighting, and monitoring/control systems. Of which, Energy Efficient sector had more full-time employment than any other sector, and had a growth between 2015-16 of £1.4 billion, the ONS notes this is due to the labour intensity of these roles. 

To read the full data click here. 

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