Full Title: Workforce Impacts of Achieving Carbon-Neutral Transportation in California
Author(s): Daniel Coffee, Aditya Voleti, Joshua Segui, Allison Yang, J.R. DeShazo, David Wong
Publisher(s): UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
Publication Date: September 20, 2022
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The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation’s role in this study was to model and analyze the statewide impacts on workers and employment resulting from the aforementioned scenario becoming reality. The vast size of California’s transportation sector means that a significant, systemic disruption such as achieving carbon neutrality will directly impact thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of Californian workers. Many of these impacts will be positive; new industries will expand and millions of job-years’ worth of work will be created from the transition to ZEVs, with the potential to create hundreds of thousands of accessible, high-quality jobs. Conversely, industries dependent on the dominance of ICEVs will contract, forcing many workers to seek new employment.
The central goal of this report is to assist policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders in anticipating the most important employment trends that will manifest as California transitions to ZEVs over the next 25 years. Additionally, it provides important information regarding demographics, education, geographic concentration, and other characteristics of potentially affected workers to help inform a strategy that will achieve a just transition – one in which historically marginalized groups and communities are not once again deprived of the benefitting from the opportunities such an event presents.