Green skills compatible with high employmentAt a meeting of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL), in Brussels on 24 March, Cedefop was invited to exchange views on the Commission’s green employment initiative based on a Committee draft report.

Cedefop expert Steve Bainbridge gave a presentation summarising the agency’s results in the field. He said that Cedefop’s study Skills for a low-carbon Europe did not find any inherent conflict between high rates of employment and lower greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.

For example, wind energy is forecast to create around 330 000 jobs by 2020. Solar thermal and energy-efficient buildings are two domains with projected employment growth of over 20% per year between now and 2020.

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