A tan World Environment Day event recently prime minister Narendra Modi spoke about India’s relentless efforts to combat climate change. During his speech, he also mentioned India’s efforts to create “green jobs”, saying: “There is another aspect of these efforts by India (in tackling climate change) that is rarely discussed and that is the issue of green jobs. The way India makes decisions in the interest of the environment and implements them quickly also creates a multitude of green employment opportunities. That too is an issue to think about.”
What are “green jobs”?
“Green jobs” refer to a class of jobs that have a direct positive impact on the planet and contribute to the overall wellbeing of the environment. Professions related to renewable energies, resource conservation, ensuring energy-efficient means are included. Overall, they aim to reduce the negative environmental impacts of economic sectors and advance the process of creating a low-carbon economy.
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The idea behind a low-carbon economy, or decarbonization, is pretty simple – it’s about maintaining a sustainable economy that doesn’t result in huge emissions of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide.
India and “green jobs”
The Skill Council for Green Jobs was launched by the Union Government on October 1, 2015. It was aligned with the National Skill Development Missions and set up as a non-profit, independent, industry-led initiative. The council, sponsored by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), aims to help manufacturers and other service providers in India’s “green business” sector implement industry-led, collaborative capabilities that are driving the country forward the way to really see the true potential and importance of “green jobs”. According to the Skill Council for Green Jobs, raising awareness and training individuals on green jobs skills will ensure greenhouse gas emissions are limited, waste and pollution are minimized, ecosystems are protected and restored, and adaptation to the impacts of climate change is supported.
scenario around the world
The United Nations Environment Program Emissions Gap Report 2019 dictates that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 7.6% annually between 2020 and 2030 to meet the target set in the Paris Agreement. Failure to comply with them would consequently mean that global warming cannot be combated effectively. Consequently, a decarbonized economy plays a key role in ensuring a greener, safer, healthier and more sustainable planet. There have also been several initiatives to promote the green jobs sector around the world. The International Labor Organization, the International Trade Union Confederation, the United Nations Environment Program and the International Organization of Employers jointly launched the Green Jobs Initiative in 2008, which aims to improve placement and training and create opportunities for individuals to work in “green jobs”. jobs” to work.
There are expected to be almost 694,000 green jobs in the UK by 2030, predicting an overall 11% annual growth in the green economy.
According to Eliot Whittington, director of policy at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), the transition to normalizing “green jobs” and becoming an undeniable, integral part of the economy can only be achieved through systemic change, where multiple organizations work in harmony and that isolated innovations do not do much to ensure this.
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The way forward
According to the ILO, India’s transition to a green economy alone would create about 3 million renewable energy jobs by the next decade. The renewable energy sector added about 47,000 new jobs in 2017, a 12% increase in just one year, they said.
For India, ‘green jobs’ can prove extremely beneficial to the country as sectors such as renewable energy, waste management, green transport and urban agriculture all have great potential for employing a skilled workforce. According to experts, an integrated, systematic approach is crucial to ensure this.