Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Greening jobs and skills: Labour market implications of addressing climate change


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Publication Date
1 July 2010



The impacts of climate change - and especially the subsequent mitigation and adaptation policies - on labour markets are still largely unknown despite the recent demand for knowledge production and diffusion on this topic and the increasing avalanche of reports and studies from public, private and not-for-profit organisations. The search for alternative models of growth in the midst of the financial crisis has increased interest in the "green growth paradigm" and what it means for a rich-jobs recovery.

This paper discusses some of the impacts of climate change including labour market regulation, the dynamics of green growth at the level of jobs and skills development, and the local implications for mitigation and enabling green growth. Although the paper does not provide all the answers to the green enigma (green jobs will come but how?), it argues that much benefit will come from focusing efforts on skills transformation, tools and initiatives.

This paper benefits from the financial support of the European Commission.

Table of contents




The impacts of climate change on labour markets


The dynamics of green growth: greening jobs and skills


Local policy implications for managing and enabling green growth


Conclusions - Emergent policy themes and target groups

Appendix I.

Learning models - Selection criteria matrix

 Appendix II. 

Learning models

How to obtain this publication

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Greening jobs and skills: Labour market implications of addressing climate change (pdf, 1.12 MB)

For further information

To find out more about this publication, please contact Ms Cristina Martinez.