Ten years ago the average business didn’t pay a huge amount of attention to their “carbon footprint”. These days, businesses of all sizes are actively hunting out ways to reduce their carbon emissions and become more environmentally sustainable. As a result, a whole host of new jobs and careers have begun to emerge. Here is our guide to just a few of them:

Energy and sustainability consultants

Everyone knows that renewable energy sources like solar and wind power are more sustainable than traditional fossil fuels, but people need a bit of a guiding hand when it comes to understanding how they can start to use renewable energy in their workplace.

In the last decade, there’s been a rise in ‘energy consultants’ who will advise and help to implement energy saving measures. They are experts in ways to reduce carbon emissions and cut back on waste, helping companies to improve their overall green credentials.

Green Deal assessors

The Green Deal is a government-backed initiative that allows business owners to implement energy-saving improvements such as draught-proofing or a boiler upgrade and to pay for the work through the savings they make on their business energy  bill. As a result, the payments should never equal more than the savings that are made. The job of a Green Deal assessor is to come to a home or businesses and to asses every area of energy use, making recommendations for where improvements could be made. After their visit they will write a detailed report and advise on the next steps to getting set up with the deal.

Wind farm engineer

Wind energy has become a big player in the move to more renewable energy sources. According to recent figures released by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change, electricity via wind power rose 33% in 2012 and the growth in the sector looks set to continue. Wind farm engineers work on both onshore and offshore projects to oversee construction, implementation and smooth-running.

Smart meter engineers

Smart meters have revolutionised the energy sector – they can be read without an engineer visiting your home or organisation and should result in more accurate bills. Not only do they take up to the minute, accurate measurements of how much energy you are using, they can also give a breakdown of where you use it – giving you a better understanding of where you could make savings. This new information then helps customers makes choices to help reduce carbon emissions. All households and businesses in the UK are expected to have one smart meter installed (or two if they have both electricity and gas) by 2020 This means replacing some 50 million gas and electricity meters in 27 million homes and more than 2 million small businesses, resulting in a demand for specially trained engineers.

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