Creating Sustainable Employment by Greening the Economy

A green economy should be a driver of competitiveness, security of supply and sustainability and should encorporate the economy as a whole.The Action Plan for Jobs 2012 includes a commitment to produce a Green Economy Plan during the third quarter of 2012. The UNEP definition of a Green Economy as one that results in “improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities” should form the basis for the government’s Green Economy Plan.
The following paper asserts that all policy oriented towards the creation of employment should be in the context of a Green Economy (see link below). It offers working definitions for a Green Economy, and for green jobs, placing both in the context of Ireland’s move towards “Our Sustainable Future”. It outlines policies which will contribute towards green job creation, as well as policies and actions in those sectors where there is great potential for the creation of green jobs. Specific green job proposals are described under these sectors.
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