Jobs are green when they help reduce negative environmental impact ultimately leading to environmentally, economically and socially sustainable enterprises and economies. More precisely green jobs are decent jobs that:
This joint ILO/UNEP study shows that, if accompanied by the right policy mix, a green economy can also create more and better jobs, lift people out of poverty and promote social inclusion. It also demonstrates that employment and social inclusion must be an integral part of any sustainable development strategy.
This guide provides practical solutions to help fill information gaps in the knowledge of how the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy will affect employment, especially underlying job movements.
ILO Background note to: "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication" UNEP 2011
Highlights the close inter-linkages between climate change and the world of work and discusses entry points for promoting policy coherence between climate and social and labour policies.
The first comprehensive study on the emergence of a “green economy” and its impact on the world of work.
The mounting cost of energy-intensive production and consumption patterns is widely recognized. It is timely to move towards a high-employment, low-carbon economy. Green jobs hold the promise of a triple dividend: sustainable enterprises, poverty reduction and a job-centred economic recovery.Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General