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As the world shifts towards a sustainable future, the construction and built environment sectors are at the forefront of this transition. Green careers are essential in this movement, particularly as Plymouth strives to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and the wider UK by 2050. These careers not only help protect our environment but also create innovative opportunities in the construction industry.

Why are green careers important?

Green careers focus on reducing environmental impact, improve energy efficiency, and enhance the sustainability of buildings and infrastructure. These roles are crucial for: Meeting net zero goals: This means achieving a balance between greenhouse gas emissions and removals, so that the atmosphere is no longer warming.

Sustainable development:

This ensures that we can grow sustainably whilst ensuring long-term environmental, economic, and social benefits.


This promotes and encourages the use of new technologies and materials in sustainable practices.

Economic growth:

Creating new jobs and boosting the economy through green projects.

Types of green careers:

Sustainability consultant – Advise on sustainable practices, assess environmental impact, and develop sustainability strategies. Degrees or courses in environmental science, sustainability, or engineering; professional certifications (e.g. LEED, BREEAM)

Energy manager – Improve energy efficiency in buildings, manage energy use, and implement renewable energy solutions. Course in energy management, relevant experience and certifications.

Green architects – Design sustainable buildings that minimise environmental impact and promote energy efficiency Architecture degrees with a focus on sustainable urban design, certifications in green building standards (e.g.BREEAM, LEED, Passivhaus)

Renewable energy specialist – Design and implement renewable systems such as solar, wind, and geothermal. Degree in renewable energy, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering; experience in renewable energy projects.

Retrofit coordinator or specialist – Manage and implement retrofitting projects that enhance the energy efficiency and sustainability of an existing building Courses in building services engineering, construction management project management, or environmental science; specific training in retrofit coordination and energy efficiency measures.

Pathways into green careers

Education and training

University degrees: pursue degrees in relevant fields such as environmental science, engineering, architecture, and construction management.

Vocational training: Enrol in technical courses or apprenticeships that focus on sustainable construction practices, retrofit technologies and renewable energy systems.

Certifications: Obtain professional certifications like LEED, BREEAM, CEM or ESOS, as well as specific retrofitting qualifications.

Work experience

Internships: Gain practical experience through internships with companies focusing on sustainability, retrofit projects and green building initiatives

Volunteering: Participate in environmental or sustainability projects to build skills and network with professionals in the field.

Professional development

Workshops and seminars: Attend industry workshops and seminars to stay updated on the latest green technology, retrofit techniques and sustainability practices.

Networking: Join professional organisations and networks such as UK Green Building Council to connect with industry leaders and stay informed about job opportunities.

For more information visit the Skills Launchpad Plymouth Green Economy page here