The jobs potential of a shift towards a low-carbon economy:
extracts from the joint press briefing by László ANDOR, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and Yves LETERME, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD
Première transmission: 04/06/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 04/06/2012
Laszlo Andor, the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, has welcomed the OECD study "The jobs potential of a shift towards a low carbon economy", published today.
The OECD study stresses that EU labour markets should be more open and dynamic and supports measures to reduce insecurity due to job displacement. It underlines the key functions of public employment services and labour market programmes.
The strategy outlined by the OECD study also includes fostering eco-innovation and green skills development through education and training and making the tax and benefit system more supportive of employment by shifting taxes away from labour and recycling tax revenues from carbon pricing.
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||SOUNDBITE by László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (In English) saying that: The OECD report stresses the analogy with the ICT revolution and globalization which were the two previous drivers of structural change in our economy and our society. Indeed, as the EOCD report points out, the transition to a greener economy could affect jobs, employment and labour market to an extent similar to the ICT revolution. The OECD report's in-depth analysis underscores the major job potential of the transition to a low carbon economy.
||SOUNDBITE by László Andor (In English) saying that: The Commission's April employment package presented measures to stimulate job creation in the green economy. We urge not only member states but also the social partners to exploit the job potential of this sector. Indeed, we have estimated the job potential from the development of the renewable energy sector at 3 million jobs by 2020 and from the implementation of the individual energy efficiency measures at 2 millions green jobs created or retained by 2020.
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||SOUNDBITE by Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD (In English) saying that: As for now, the greening of the European economy is already generating significant numbers of new jobs as we know in key sectors such as indeed renewable energy and efficient energy construction and it will continue to do so in coming decades. There has also been acceleration and a development in application of new environmental technologies which is creating new occupation specialties such as designers and operators of smart electrical grid for instance and opening up new export markets.
||SOUNDBITE by Yves Leterme (In English) saying that: The green transition of course is changing overall the skill requirement for workers but there appear to be few uniquely green skills. As a result there is no need to reinvent the wheel; most of the green skills that new labour market entrance will require can be met trough incremental enrichment of established training programmes while a modest amount top up training should suffice for most experienced workers.
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