The skillset needed to support the green transition in the future

Denmark | January 2021 - December 2021

Meeting the national goal of a 70% reduction in greenhouse gasses in 2030 will require very significant changes in the energy system over a short period of time. Analyses from the Climate Council and Ea Energy Analyses, among others, point to the main instruments being a very extensive electrification of the transport sector, a very thorough phasing out of oil and gas for heating, and strengthening of the effort in energy efficiency for both buildings and industry. At the same time, a marked expansion of renewable energy, wind turbines and solar panels, has to happen, and there will also be a rising need for production of electricity-based fuels, the so-called electrofuels.

Electricians and plumbing-energy trained professionals will have a key part to play in practically all parts of the green transition from installing heat pumps, setting up EV charging stations, and implementing smart energy systems for setting up PV systems.

The purpose of the analysis in this project is to investigate, which skillset electricians and plumbing-energy trained professionals need, when they are to contribute to the green transition in a broad sense, including what the mechanical and electrical contractor business can do to advance the transition.

The analysis is done as a “view of the future”, which uncovers the needed skillset in relation to future technologies, concepts for solutions, and necessary coordination, in order to be at the forefront of progress. The view of the future focuses on the demands set by the green transition, and also has attention on digitalisation, including the so-called Internet-of-Things (IoT).

The project was carried out for EVU (secretariat for the education of electricians and plumbing-energy trained professionals) and it ran from January to December 2021.

The two reports, focusing on electricians and plumbing-energy trained professionals respectively, can be found at the EVU website here and here (in Danish).