Uh-huh… How many real jobs will it destroy?
Despite the continuing economic difficulties faced around the world, and the subsequent falling levels of investment as governments try to reduce their budgets, the UN is still pushing to create green jobs as part of a move towards a green economy.
The UN is of a mind that green policies put in place to help the switch from the current high-carbon economy to a low-carbon economy will create tens of millions of jobs around the world over the next two decades. In fact a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) predicted that up to 60 million jobs could result from the switch.
“The shift to a greener economy is creating employment across a range of sectors. In fact, an increasing number of assessments are showing that net gains are possible.”
Green energy technologies and the switch to a green economy have already created millions of jobs in countries around the world. In the US the green energy sector employs three million people in areas such as wind, solar, and energy efficiency. In the UK it has been one of the few sectors to actually grow, and create jobs, currently providing a million people with employment. Brazil’s rapidly growing economy relies a lot on renewable energy, and three million people, about 7% of employed people in the country, now work in the green energy sector.
UNEP also believes that the switch to a green economy could help permanently lift millions of people out of poverty, and provide basic benefits such as electricity and clean water to many parts of the world.