Mapping the net zero economy

Net zero impacts in national, regional and local economies.

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The methodology used has evolved, and the 2023 report should not be directly compared to 2024.

The UK's net zero economic hotspots

Mapping the net zero economy shows that:

  • there are almost 20,000 businesses currently within the net zero economy which are contributing £71 billion (3.7%) in Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK economy
  • the total gross value added by businesses involved in the net zero economy is more than twice that of the energy sector itself
  • 840,000 (3.2%) jobs are supported by businesses in the net zero economy, with an average wage of £42,600 compared to the £33,400 national average
  • the net zero economy is also highly productive, generating £112,300 in GVA per employee, 1.7 times higher than the national average of £64,400.

This report was commissioned by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), with analysis provided by CBI Economics and The Data City.

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Case studies: net zero businesses across the UK

Net zero economy businesses operate in a range of sectors and specialisms. Below are summaries of nine businesses in energy generation to education, creating low-carbon jobs across the country.

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