The net zero generation

Why the world needs to upskill ​young people for the net zero transition

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PwC worked with UNICEF and Generation Unlimited to help stakeholders better understand the role of skills, and in particular youth upskilling, in determining whether the world can transition to net zero in time. This report shows that:

  • The net zero transition requires upskilling at scale or the world will face severe bottlenecks which act as a brake on decarbonisation and climate resilience
  • 60% of young people – 830 million – will lack the basic skills that will be required in 2030
  • Young people, particularly in less-developed countries, could miss out on the economic and employment opportunities created by the net zero transition
  • Young women in climate-vulnerable areas are especially at risk of lost livelihoods and increased inequality
  • By helping young people find secure employment, upskilling can help build momentum for net zero

This report offers a way forward for governments, businesses and youth as we set out to address how upskilling enables young people to equitably access employment opportunities created by the climate transition. 

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