“All jobs should be green jobs in the future, because we need to get away from thinking it’s specific things that are going to drive it. It is a transformational change across everything we do, and it needs to become second nature that everything you do is climate-conscious.”
Those are the words of Shetland Islands Council’s climate change strategy team leader Claire Ferguson. She has spent her first 18 months in the job getting to grips with the scale of a formidable challenge: how to transform a community that has grown rich on oil and gas revenue into an innovative zero-carbon centre for renewables and green technology.
“We’re sitting on the potential to become a significant energy hub of the future, on a large scale,” she says, “and there are really exciting jobs that will open up as a result of that.
“Whether you’re looking at renewables, technological innovation, or any kind of job that helps us to build a greener future, it’s a dynamic industry and as a community Shetland really has so much to offer.”