Green jobs program to make Dubai capital of low carbon economy

Ilario D'Amato
Reading time: 5 minutes
3 February 2015

LONDON: Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE), an independent private joint-stock company comprised of Dubai government-owned shareholders, has launched a bold initiative to educate the future green workers needed for the clean revolution to accelerate in the region.

Dubbed “capital of the green economy” in a recent UN-backed report, Dubai, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is committed to lead the way toward the low carbon economy. But such an economy needs not only good policies and finance support, but also workers with the right skills to quickly deliver the change we so urgently need.

For this reason, DCCE has created the Green Jobs Programme, an initiative aimed at educating the future green workers and to spread this knowledge to the public. It is rooted in the UAE vision 2021, promoted by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai.

The vision forecasts a diverse and sustainable economy, which aims to harness the full potential of national human capital and achieve a knowledge-based, highly-productive economy.

A bold, concrete idea

DCCE’s figures demonstrate this vision is tangible: the green employment sector was the only sector that grew in 2010-11, during the recession. Moreover, the energy efficiency sector is expected to be the highest generator of jobs within the UAE, projected to create more than 65,000 jobs by 2030.

“Dubai Carbon is proud of launching the Green Jobs Program. It is essential to ensure a smooth transition towards a regional green economy,” DCCE writes in a statement, “and to provide the human capital required to satisfy a growing demand in Dubai”.

In fact, the UAE Green Growth Strategy will create 160,000 new jobs and boost GDP by 4-5% by 2030, and the International Renewable Energy Agency estimates that globally around 16.7 million jobs will be in renewable energy by 2030.

The program benefits from the collaboration of eight academicals institutions, to better prepare students that the industry needs. It was launched during the High-Level Panel Discussion on Green Jobs held in Dubai on December 18, 2014. Organized by Dubai Carbon, the event was supported by Dubai Green Economy Partnership and Emirates Global Aluminium – and it was part of the important World Future Energy Summit (WFES), another initiative showing how the region is committed to lead the way toward the low carbon economy.

“The Green Jobs Programme addresses the main requirement for the transformation towards a green economy that is the demand for skilled, competent professions in all sectors,” concluded Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai FDI. “Professional skills, knowledge, experience and passion for sustainability would be reflected in the economy as a whole.”

Green is good business

During the WFES, many initiatives showed how the green economy is the inevitable choice for the future of business. In particular, on the opening day, The Climate Group and CDP launched the key report RE100: The journey to 100%. The paper is at the core of the RE100 initiative, a project aimed at showcasing businesses committed to 100% renewable power and joined by leading companies including IKEA Group, Nestlé and other major corporations.

“Investing in renewable energy is good for business, the economy and the planet,” Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group, said. “That’s why we’ve committed to match 100% of our energy use with our own renewable energy generation by 2020 and have allocated EUR 1.5 billion (US$1.7 billion) to take us closer to this goal. Every business can benefit from making the switch to clean, abundant energy and RE100 is a call to action to accelerate this transition.”

Images courtesy of Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence

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