‘Transition to carbon-neutral economy creates 1,2 million jobs in EU’
A report from the EU Commission states that the transition to a carbon-neutral economy will create more than one million jobs by 2030. This job creation will do more than compensate for the job losses in the sectors working with fossil fuels.
The Commission also points out that the member states will have to act now. Workers will need additional training and education to be able to fit in with new jobs.
Hand in hand
Climate change and economic growth are not adversaries, the European Commission says. They go hand in hand. That’s one of the striking results of the yearly analysis of the job market, the so-called ESDE report.
At this moment, 240 million Europeans are at work – a record. According to the European Commission, the transition to a carbon-neutral economy doesn’t endanger jobs; it will create them.
The Commission expects 1,2 million extra jobs to be created with the transition by 2030. This can be added to the 12 million additional posts that are otherwise expected. The jobs due to the transition are expected to appear in the building sector, the production of recyclable materials and services. By 2050 they should increase to 2 million.
More than compensated
The losses in so-called classic sectors, like car manufacturing or the winning of fossil fuels, will be more than compensated. The new jobs will also be created in the middle-income class.
At the same time, the Commission warns that the impact of the transition will differ between countries and sectors. That’s why states have to prepare themselves to be able to shift workers from one industry to another.
To aid this process, the Commission is thinking of transitional periods of funding and additional education for employees. At this moment, the regions where the energy-intensive industries are most active have the fewest possibilities for workers to be retrained.
24 million jobs worldwide
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has already predicted a while ago that worldwide 24 million jobs will be created if we manage to stay under two degrees of climate warming. That’s what the Paris Climate Agreement has decreed.
These 24 million extra jobs would amply compensate for the 6 million jobs that, according to the ILO, would be lost by deploying all the measures needed to comply with the Climate Agreement and stay under the 2-degrees barrier.