Low Carbon Jobs in an Interconnected World

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Low Carbon Jobs in an Interconnected World Author: Global Climate Network Price: Free Publication Date: 30 March 2010

Government action on climate change promises economic opportunity. The language of climate change policy has hitherto been largely negative, with wide use of such words as ‘limitation’, ‘constraint’ and ‘reduction’. However, investing in new technology, stimulating new economic activity around a re-engineering of energy systems and growing new markets – all necessary to avoid climate catastrophe – will stimulate growth and offer new, skilled employment to workers.

This paper focuses on the emerging debate concerning the creation of ‘low-carbon’ jobs. What perhaps began as rhetoric generated for the purpose of counteracting climate negativity is now developing into an area of study that offers extraordinarily promising benefits. Not only can a low-carbon technology revolution help achieve climate change goals, it can also create new jobs, boost economic growth and help improve the lives of those currently deprived of access to energy.

This paper – the product of eight separate national studies conducted over recent months by each of the GCN’s member institutes – provides a major fillip for climate optimism and positivism.


The Global Climate Network␣ ............................................................................................................... 3
Executive summary ..............................................................................................................................4
1.The global picture ...........................................................................................................................8
2.Findings from the national studies ................................................................................................ 14
Australia
Clean energy jobs in the electricity generation sector.................................................. 15
Brazil
Cutting emissions, generating jobs .................................................................................... 17
China
Reducing energy intensity, increasing supply from renewables ........................................ 20
Germany
Jobs from capturing global solar thermal markets ....................................................... 21
India
Job creation through the development of wind, solar PV and biofuel markets ................ 23
Nigeria
Creating jobs in small hydro power and natural gas ...................................................... 25
South Africa
Creating jobs by investing in renewable energy .................................................... 27
United Kingdom
Jobs and the low-carbon transition ................................................................. 29
United States
Building smart grids and comparative advantage ............................................... 31
3.Conclusions and recommendations ............................................................................................... 33
References .................................................................................................................................. 36


References

  1.  "Low Carbon Jobs in an Interconnected World"