The transition to a net zero economy is not only essential to stopping climate change, but it’s also creating millions of new jobs too. A global focus on sustainability from companies, organisations and governments around the world has seen 3-4.2 million green jobs created over the last decade: a figure which is only set to rise.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 placed them centre stage with the creation of The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); a universal set of goals that aim to meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world. The SDGs are a bold commitment and if they are to be met by the 2030 deadline a significant increase in workers skilled to deliver them is required. The race is on to build a global workforce for a sustainable future.
So what are green jobs? According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), green jobs are “positions in agriculture, manufacturing, R&D, administrative, and service activities aimed at substantially preserving or restoring environmental quality.” Check out our infographic below to learn more about the fastest growing green jobs, their economic value, and why the creation of environmental jobs is so important to fighting climate change.
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Growing career opportunities in renewable energies and sustainability
An increasing focus on climate change is generating a considerable number of new sustainability and green energy jobs.
green jobs were created over the last decade, and this figure is expected to rise for the decade ahead.
Fastest growing green jobs:
Working in a green job can contribute to:
The International Labour Organisation projects the net creation of 18 million green jobs by 2030, including 4 million in manufacturing and 9 million in renewables and construction.
A global food and agriculture system could: create new economic value of over €1.8 trillion by 2030 and create 200 million jobs by 2050.
The International Resource Panel, part of the UN’s Environment Programme, says that using resources more effectively could increase the size of the global economy by $2 trillion by 2050.
Why action must be taken now:
Only 57 countries (60% of global emissions) are on track to meet their commitments by 2030.
To achieve the goal of limiting climate change to 2°C, countries need to triple the level of their commitments made under the Paris Agreement.
Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood.
In 2017, 77 million Nigerians (40% of the population) had no access to affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity. Diesel-and petrol-fuelled back-up generators supply the vast majority of electricity in the country.
Information provided by:
International Labor Organisation
European Commission – Sustainable Europe 2030 Report
Fast Company Article
Union of Concerned Scientists
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