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Greener Skills and Jobs

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Green skills, that is, skills needed in a low-carbon economy, will be required in all sectors and at all levels in the workforce as emerging economic activities create new (or renewed) occupations. Structural changes will realign sectors that are likely to decline as a result of the greening of the economy and workers will need to be retrained accordingly. The successful transition to a low-carbon economy will only be possible if workers can flexibly adapt and transfer from areas of decreasing employment to new industries. This report suggests that the role of skills and education and training policies should be an important component of the ecological transformation process.

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Lessons from the project “Employment Centres and Sustainable Development” in France

In France, buildings consume more than 40% of all energy. Reducing this consumption is one of the main objectives of French climate change mitigation policies. This objective represents a major challenge for the construction sector, which needs to be ready to deliver buildings and renovations offering high energy performance. If current construction and renovation technologies are to deliver the expected results, they require specific skills that most building sector companies do not currently have. This skills gap is a strong obstacle to reaching the set objectives.

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