UNEP Report on Green Jobs (2008)

The Worldwatch Institute has put together this report, funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the emergence of a “green economy” and its impact on the world workforce in the 21st Century.

It gathers information for current green jobs in key economic sectors (renewable energy, buildings and construction, transportation, basic industry, agriculture, and forestry) and presents estimates for future green employment.

According to the report, an estimated 2.3 million people currently work in the renewable energies sector, half of them in developing countries. The wind power industry employs some 300,000 people, the solar PV sector an estimated 170,000, and the solar thermal industry more than 600,000, many of the latter in China.

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