A new Government advisory report has identified the skills needed to deliver on Ireland's key Climate Action Plan targets between now and 2030.

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs report forecasts that employment in wind and solar energy generation will have to quickly increase in order to meet our goals.

It predicts that employment in that area will need to rise from the current figure of 3,000, to 8,000 within a number of years - to ultimately stand at 9,000 by 2030.

Meanwhile, it states that the workforce engaged in residential retrofit and heat pump installation will have to increase more than fourfold - from a baseline of 4,000, to stand at over 17,000 for the remainder of the decade.

With the uptake in electric vehicles increasing, the report also states that the existing motor mechanic workforce will need to be transitioned to work on electric vehicles.

In total, the report sets out 30 recommendations for zero carbon economy stakeholders to ensure that sector can deliver on the demands that will be placed upon it over the next decade.

These are spread across six themes: renewable energy, retrofit, electric vehicles, promotion of career pathways in zero carbon economy activities, alternative sources of skills supply for zero carbon economy activities, and public sector programme management and carbon accounting skills.

Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English said the development of such sectors will play a crucial role in supporting the country's recovery from the pandemic, and the Government's target of having at least 2.5 million people in employment in Ireland from 2024 - in excess of pre-pandemic levels.

"These ambitions will transform our economy and society, impacting existing activities and roles, but also generating demand for new, more sustainable skills and occupations," he added.