More than 3,000 new ‘green’ jobs could be created in Heads of the Valleys, South Wales through improvements in recycling, waste management and small-scale renewable energy developments, boosting declining employment rates in the area.
Results of a report carried out by Friends of the Earth (FOE), Green Jobs in the Heads of the Valleys, shows that in the next 10-15 years around 1,275 jobs could be created through increased recycling of household and commercial and industrial waste. Home energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy developments could create 1,583 to 1,900 jobs.
However, FOE states, this is only if large energy from waste facilities, such as the proposed £400m Covanta plant in Merthyr Tydfil, are not granted planning permission there.
FOE Cymru spokesperson Haf Elgar said: “A green economy is the future for Merthyr and the Heads of the Valleys, rather than allowing the area to become a magnet for dirty industries and environmental degradation.”
Potential job creation in the waste and recycling industry is a result of legislative drivers in Wales to meet a 70% recycling rate by 2020.