Growing the green collar economy: Skills and labour challenges in reducing our greenhouse emissions and national environmental footprint.

30 Jun 2008

This report by the CSIRO was commissioned by Dusseldorp Skills Forum and released jointly with the Australian Conservation Foundation.

It explores the skills, innovation and employment dimensions of the transition to a more environmentally sustainable society, with a particular focus on the challenges involved in achieving deep cuts in greenhouse emissions.

Using two different economic models, the CSIRO found:

* If Australia takes significant action to cut greenhouse gas emissions national employment will still increase by between 2.5 million and 3.3 million over the next two decades.

* Jobs in high environmental impact areas like transport, construction, agriculture, manufacturing and mining are forecast to grow strongly in the next decade.

* In high environmental impact industries 3.25 million workers will need to be equipped with new, more sustainable skills.

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