Monday, June 22, 2009

Green Sectors Eclipse Polluting Industries in Job Creation

The perception that green jobs are a rarity or that they are not a solid growth industry has another serious challenge. This time it comes from Europe.

New Europe reports:
Even during a difficult economic crisis like the one we are experiencing now, there are winning sectors – those that create employment. A recent WWF study clearly points at those winners estimating that, with over three million jobs across Europe, green economic activities have already overtaken polluting industries in terms of employment. At least 3.4 million European jobs are directly related to the “green economy”. This compares with 2.8 million jobs in polluting industries, such as mining, electricity, gas, cement, and iron and steel.Close to 400,000 people are employed in renewable energy activities, some 2.1 million in efficient transport, and over 900,000 in energy efficiency goods and services.

These jobs include, for example, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of wind turbines and solar panels, and construction works to improve efficiency in existing buildings. Related indirect jobs are estimated at approximately another five million. See full article.

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