Clean Revolution could generate 60 million jobs

31 May 2012

LONDON: A new report from the Green Jobs Initiative shows that a global transition to a green economy could create 15 to 60 million jobs over the next 20 years.

According to the Green Jobs Initiative report, Working towards sustainable development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy, with the right policies in place, the surge in green jobs brought by a Clean Revolution will improve employment and incomes for tens of millions of people.

The report estimates that over half the global workforce will be affected by the increase in greener jobs. Sectors expected to see the greatest transformation are agriculture, forestry, fishing, energy, resource-intensive manufacturing, recycling, building and transport.

The global clean energy sector already employs almost five million workers, a figure which was doubled between 2006 and 2010. Brazil and the United States both boast three million clean technology and environmental goods and services jobs respectively. 

To achieve these results, the report outlines policy action that is needed globally, including:

  • supporting sustainable production processes in key sectors
  • increasing social protection, income support and skills training
  • implementing legal and institutional frameworks and practical guidance for green jobs.

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme, said of the report: “The findings underline that it can include millions more people in terms of overcoming poverty and delivering improved livelihoods for this and future generations. It is a positive message of opportunity in a troubled world of challenges that we are relaying to capital cities across the globe as leaders prepare and plan for the Rio+20 Summit.” 

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, said: “Today’s report from the Green Jobs Initiative clearly illustrates the potential the Clean Revolution has to create long-term employment for millions of people around the globe. We urge the world’s governments to seize this window of opportunity, and structure their economies and policies around innovative, low carbon, energy efficient technologies to create a stable and secure future for their citizens. This is a message The Climate Group will take directly to powerful decision-makers and thought leaders in a few weeks at Rio+20.”

Read more about The Clean Revolution and follow its acceleration live on Twitter using the #CleanRevolution hashtag. 


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