Green Jobs

Green jobs provide decent work which in turn guarantees adequate social protection, sufficient incomes, healthy working conditions, respect for workers' rights, and individuals' participation in decisions that affect their lives.

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The Greens/ EFA in the European Parliament are working hard to create more green jobs in Europe. For instance, in 2010, an initiative by a Green MEP prompted the European Parliament to adopt a strong resolution calling for the exploitation of the full job potential of a sustainable economy whilst ensuring decent work and a socially just transition.

A green economy would create more jobs, for example improving resource efficiency could create between 1.4 and 2.8 million jobs in Europe. In addition, some 14.6 million jobs depend directly on ecosystems and biodiversity, including in forestry, agriculture and fisheries. Greening these sectors would increase the number of people in work. For instance, organic agriculture is estimated to employ 10–20% more people per hectare than conventional farming.

According to data from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the South West had 77,721 low carbon and environmental jobs in 2010-11, compared with motor trades (49,400), financial services (91,800) and telecommunications (18,400). There is huge potential to increase this sector which achieve environmental and social benefits, as well as economic ones.

Government figures also show that the South West is leading the way in renewable energy with £387.5m renewables investment and 1296 renewables jobs announced in 2011-12 financial year. Between 2007 and 2010 we saw a 38% increase in installed renewables capacity and generated 663 GWh of power through renewables in 2010.

For more detail read the European Green Group report 'Green Jobs: Successes and Opportunities for Europe':