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How Will Addressing Climate Change Affect the Job Market?

The Paris Agreement’s goal to keep global warming below 2°C can be achieved by increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency. A new International Labour Review study explores the impact of such transitions on employment.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:01 am EST
"Climate action is an opportunity to create over 24 million jobs across the world. To maximise the employment opportunities, governments need to complement climate action with a conducive legal framework, consultation process of society, social protection, skills and industrial policy to enable a just transition"

The Paris Agreement’s goal to keep global warming below 2°C can be achieved by increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency. A new International Labour Review study explores the impact of such transitions on employment.

The study finds that by 2030, most countries will experience net job creation and reallocation across industries. Job creation will be driven by the construction, manufacturing, and renewables sectors.

”Climate action is an opportunity to create over 24 million jobs across the world. To maximise the employment opportunities, governments need to complement climate action with a conducive legal framework, consultation process of society, social protection, skills and industrial policy to enable a just transition,“ said lead author Guillermo Montt, of the International Labour Office, a specialised agency of the United Nations dealing with labour issues. ”In this context, job losses should not be an excuse to slow down urgent climate action.“

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ilr.12118 

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The International Labour Review is the world’s leading multidisciplinary journal of labour market institutions and economics. Its aim is to advance academic research and inform policy debate and decision-making in these fields by bringing together the original thinking of lawyers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and industrial relations specialists on a broad range of labour market policy and social protection concerns. The International Labour Review also features concise reports on current developments considered to be of particular interest to those working in these fields and reviews of recent major publications. It is committed to an editorial policy that combines accessibility with rigorous, insightful analysis and the highest scholarly standards: every article is independently and confidentially refereed.

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