Green investments will create more jobs

Investment in renewables and energy efficiency would create seven times more green jobs over the next ten years than would be lost in the coal and nuclear sectors in Europe, according to a new study by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), and backed by trade unions.

A switch from dirty energy to renewables and energy efficiency would not just avoid over 470 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in Europe, but would create 30 per cent more jobs by 2020 than if we continue investing in fossil and nuclear fuels.

If Europe chooses a clean energy pathway, over 380,000 jobs would be created in renewables and energy efficiency over the next decade, as opposed to some 50,000 that would be lost in the coal and nuclear sectors.

For more information, see: www.greenpeace.org/eu-unit/press-centre/press-releases2/green-jobs-14-09-09

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