NEW figures show that a quarter of people in Barrow work in high-emission industries.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show 7,555 people in Barrow were working in high emission industries as of the 2021 Census. This was equivalent to 24.2% of all 31,183 workers, making it one of the highest rates in England and Wales.

These industries include agriculture, manufacturing, electricity and gas, water supply and waste management, and transport. They contribute to 80% of UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, excluding household emissions.

The Work Foundation at Lancaster University said it is vital opportunities are provided for workers to move to secure and sustainable jobs in the future and called on the Government to extend training schemes.

In Barrow, most people (5,578) were employed in manufacturing, followed by transport and storage with 928 workers.

Across England and Wales, on average one in six people were found to work in high emission industries. Most workers were concentrated in the East Midlands – 19.1%, while the figure stood at 15.5% in the North West.