FOR A BETTER FUTURE
Put your INTELLIGENCE and POWER into a better tomorrow. Start a green career in the clean energy sector. The prospects of finding a decent job are excellent. In Europe, the sector is experiencing strong growth with a corresponding increase in demand for qualified people.
The European Union is the world leader in the development of renewable energy with already 700 000 jobs and an annual turnover of 91 billion Euros.
The ‘RE-thinking 2050’ study predicts an increase of up to 6.1 million jobs in 2050.
The energy efficiency and sustainable transport sectors also hold enormous promise to cut carbon emissions and to create jobs. In most areas we have only seen modest beginnings. Energy efficiency goods, services and energy efficient transport provide 3,000,000 jobs already today.
Green jobs barriers such as financing, skills and materials supply shortages in key renewables sectors like wind may put a dampener on job growth in the shorter term. But as climate change becomes a more and more urgent problem, there is the real prospect of generating and fostering green jobs for ever more people.
A green career starts with choosing the right education. No matter if you want to be a wind engineer, organic farmer or campaign manager. What’s important is that your work is your passion, it is part of your career path and it contributes to sustainable use of energy and natural resources. It benefits the environment and of course pays you a decent wage.
Some green jobs…
environmental and renewable energy consultants
campaign and event managers
environmental or biological systems engineers
green building architects
holistic passive solar building designers
solar energy engineers and installers
wind energy engineers and installers
green vehicle engineers
green business owners
electricians who install solar panels
plumbers who install solar water heaters
construction workers who build energy-efficient green buildings and wind power farms
construction workers who weatherize buildings to make them more energy efficient
researchers and other workers involved in clean renewable sustainable future energy development
EU project managers
[A] Renewable industry employment growth is greatest for the bioenergy sector (biomass and biofuels). There are controversial debates about the environmental and economic sustainability of biofuels. Friends of the Earth Europe and other organisations believe that under the current circumstances, biofuels could cause environmental and social problems. Therefore it is difficult to determine what portion of biofuels can be considered as green jobs.
 The state of Renewable Energies in Europe, 9th EurObserv’ER Report, 2010
 MITRE – Monitoring and Modelling Initiative on the Targets for Renewable Energy, Altener Programme, DG Energy and Transport European Comission, 2003
 Low Carbon Jobs for Europe – Current Opportunities and Future Prospects, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Meera Ghani-Eneland and Worldwatch Institute, Michael Renner, Ambika Chawla
 Article: ‘Green jobs‘ on the increase
www.EurActiv.com Monday, 14th July 2008
updated: 29 January 2010
 Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World, UNEP/ILO/IOE/ITUC, September 2008
 ‘RE-thinking 2050’ study, EREC
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