Satisfying employment with green jobs

A carbon neutral Portsmouth would be a hub for green jobs such as engineers, clean tech, home retrofitters, etc.

Portsmouth now

  • 267,400
    Tonnes of CO2e emitted by Portsmouth industry and commerce each year

    This is 32% of the overall city total.

  • 7,800
    Number of businesses in Portsmouth

    81% of these have 9 or less employees

  • 340
    Number of businesses in the regional green economy

Portsmouth transformed

Green jobs can help our city get to carbon neutral whilst also attracting young people, inward investment and innovation. Here's some of the ways forward:

Digital sales and delivery

In 2018, an estimated 1.8 billion consumers worldwide bought goods online, generating e-retail sales of $2.8 trillion. Profitability for home delivery companies is all about how cost-effectively they can travel the last… Read more

Renewable energy

Analysis for the Committee on Climate Change estimated that the low carbon and renewable energy sector has the potential to grow 11% per year between 2015 and 2030 – four times faster than the rest of the economy.… Read more

Green business support / consultancy

Industry and commerce are major drivers of the economy but also a huge source of carbon emissions. In order to transition to an economy that is ecologically sustainable many firms, especially SMEs, will need support and… Read more

Environmental engineering

All infrastructure from water treatment plants to school buildings will need to be built or renovated in alignment with the Paris Climate goals: this presents a huge opportunity in terms of job creation. At the moment… Read more


In Southsea alone there are now three shops focused on offering sustainably grown / organic food and products: Herbies, Package Free Larder and Wild Thyme Whole Foods. Across the UK, sales of organic food and drink rose… Read more

Ensuring a Just Transition

The aim of a 'just transition' is to ensure that working people, particularly in high carbon industries, do not have to suffer the main social and economic costs of decarbonization. For example, it has been calculated… Read more

What you can do

  1. Support the green economy when you shop

    Where you can: buy local and organic.

  2. Divest from fossil fuels

    Switch your bank account to one that doesn’t invest in fossil fuels or ecological destruction.

  3. Invest in those taking climate action

    If you have spare money, consider Community Municipal Investments in infrastructure like solar farms. Or become an investor in this initiative to help small farmers grow food sustainably.

What you can do with others

  1. Encourage your workplace to go green

    See these handy ideas for employees and this for Union Reps.

    Also, read up on your organisation's Scope 3 emissions here, and calculate them using this online tool. Scope 3 can account for 50%+ of an organisations' total emissions and understanding the carbon impact of your supply chains is essential for reaching net zero.

  2. Get support to green your business

    If you are a boss or senior manager and would like to get advice/support on how to make your business more carbon-neutral contact Greentech South

    If you are an SME, they can offer: ● Free energy efficiency audits for your business ● Energy efficiency grants, funded at 36% up to £25,000 ● Research and innovation grants for low carbon projects, funded at 36% up to £25,000 ● Access to postgraduate student projects ● Innovation support and networking events

    The Carbon Trust’s sector-specific guides also offer practical advice on how to become energy efficient and cut down carbon for your business sector.