UN: 'Green' Policies Can Create Up To 60 Million Jobs

UN Green policies new jobsGENEVA -- The U.N. agencies for labor and environment say nations can achieve a net gain of 15 million to 60 million jobs over the next two decades by taking better care of the planet. A study released Thursday by the U.N.'s International Labor Organization and Environment Program says that some jobs would inevitably be lost by switching to a "greener" economy, but net gains of 0.5 percent to 2 percent of total global employment are possible mainly through more renewable and efficient energy use, particularly in construction.

Most of the net employment gains are expected in agriculture, forestry, fishing, energy, manufacturing, recycling, building and transportation.

ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said the study - meant to influence international policy-makers - shows "we don't have to choose between protecting the environment and creating jobs."

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