Jobs and society  |  Publications  |  13.07.2011

Green Work: Employment and skills – the climate change challenge

This report by the MEP Jean Lambert calls for greater investment in green industry and workers’ skills to help transform the UK to a low-carbon economy.

The report found there is huge potential for job creation in green industries like wind and solar power, which is not yet being exploited. The report also warns of a skills gap in the UK which will hold back our ability to capitalise on the green revolution unless it is addressed now.
The report also recognises the importance of greening existing industries. One key way to help achieve this is through the engagement of Trade Union Green Representatives. Just as unions and employers work together to improve health and safety in the workplace, appointed union green representatives would champion green issues. The idea has been backed by trade unions as a way to deliver greener workplaces through collective agreements between employers, employees and unions.

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