A fifth of people in Carlisle work in high emission industries, new figures show.

The UK is currently committed to reaching net zero by 2050. This means total greenhouse gas emissions would be equal to the emissions removed from the atmosphere, to limit climate change.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show 11,413 people in Carlisle were working in high emission industries as of the 2021 Census. This was equivalent to 21.6 per cent of all 52,950 workers.

These industries include agriculture, manufacturing, electricity and gas, water supply and waste management, and transport. 

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The Work Foundation at Lancaster University said it is vital opportunities are provided for workers to move to secure and sustainable jobs in the future and called on the Government to extend training schemes.

In Carlisle, most people (5,430) were employed in manufacturing, followed by transport and storage with 3,686 workers.