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European Commission presents new measures and employment opportunities for the green economy

18/04/2012

Man installing solar panels © iStockphoto

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, commented on the Employment Package as presented today as follows:

''If Europe does not step up its green economy efforts, we risk losing an immense source of quality jobs. This is the very clear message from the European Commission today. Last month, European leaders called for agreement to be reached on the Energy Efficiency Directive by June. The directive is a unique opportunity. If we water down our efforts on energy efficiency, we water down the job potential as well. In the ongoing negotiations, Member States carry a big responsibility to ensure Europe makes the most of this opportunity.''

  • Retrofitting buildings could create up to 400,000 local jobs a year. Jobs that cannot easily be sent abroad. Jobs in thousands of SMEs
  • Increased recycling of key materials could lead to 560,000 new jobs by 2025
  • The renewables sector created new 300,000 jobs over the last 5 years. By 2020, 2.8 million people can work in the sector.
  • Shifting taxing from labour to energy and emissions could create 1.5 million jobs by 2020.
  • Energy efficiency measures could lead to 2 million jobs by 2020

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