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ECITB highlight skill gaps in transition to net zero

Sam Peek Analyst

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) – an industry body that governs industry specific training – published its report on 28 February 2020: Towards Net Zero: The Implications of the Transition to Net Zero Emissions for the Engineering Construction Industry. The report assesses a wide range of technologies that are likely to contribute to the achievement of net zero based on the potential impact on skills required within the engineering construction industry. This week’s Chart of the week illustrates expected impacts over the short, medium and long term (to 2050) in respect of hydrogen, carbon capture & storage (CCS), and oil & gas. In the short-term, hydrogen production technologies such as Steam Methane Reformation – an example of an existing mature technology– is expected to cause only minor skills impacts. Clusters of other hydrogen activities, such as its transmission through pipelines and fuel switching, are likely to have little impact. However, higher impacts to skills requirements could occur in production methods such as electrolysis, whilst hydrogen storage technologies could also require training in new specialisms. Similarly, CCS technologies share consistencies in processing and implementation, similar to that of the chemical industry. More disruptive technologies are anticipated to be deployed in the medium to long-term such as hydrogen storage, ammonia cracking, and production of synthetic fuels, all nascent technologies with limited knowledge and expertise. Small nuclear reactors, oil and gas pipeline repurposing and changes to water and wastewater treatment are other medium and long term solutions. Skills do currently exist ...

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