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1 Sean Sweeney Cornell Global Labor Institute University of Bath, U.K. February 27, 2009 (slides designed by Michael Renner, Worldwatch Inst) Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World

2 Source: Global Wind Energy Outlook 2006 Areas covered by the Global Green Jobs Report Energy Supply Energy Supply Transport Transport Buildings Buildings Energy Intensive Industries Energy Intensive Industries Recycling Recycling Food and Agriculture Food and Agriculture Forestry Forestry

3 Agriculture Agriculture Manufacturing Manufacturing Service s Service s

4 Green, but not decent Examples: Electronics recycling without adequate occupational safety Low-wage installers of solar panels Exploited biofuel plantation laborers Green and decent Examples: Unionized wind and solar power jobs Green architects Well-paid public transit workers Neither green nor decent Examples: Coal mining with inadequate safety Women workers in cut flower industry Hog slaughterhouse workers Decent, but not green Examples: Unionized car manufacturing workers Chemical engineers Airline pilots Decent Work Decent Work Environment Environment Green and Decent Jobs? A Schematic Overview Green and Decent Jobs? A Schematic Overview

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6 Global Growth of Renewables: 1990, 2000, 2007 Megawatts of Total Generating Capacity Megawatts of Total Production Billion Liters of Total Production Source: Michael Renner, Worldwatch Institute

7 Renewable Energy Jobs Today GlobalSelected Countries Wind Power 300,000 Germany U.S. Spain China Denmark 82,100 36,800 35,000 22,200 21,000 Solar PV 170,000 China Germany Spain U.S. 55,000 35,000 26,450 15,700 Solar Thermal 624,000 + China Germany Spain US 600,000 13,300 9,100 1,900 Biofuels / Biomass 1,174,000 + Brazil US China Germany 500, , ,000 95,400 TOTAL 2.3 million (incl. small hydro and geothermal) Source: Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low Carbon World

8 Source: Global Wind Energy Outlook 2006 Global Wind Power Employment Projections – 3 Scenarios

9 Global Solar PV Employment Projections – 3 Scenarios Source: Solar Generation IV (2007)

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11 New Car Fuel Efficiency, Source: The International Council on Clean Transportation

12 A Shade of Green in the Auto Industry European Union Japan United States Passenger Car Manufacturing Workforce 2,000,000952,0001,095,000 Vehicles meeting 120 gram / CO 2 standard 7.5 %6.3 %n.a. Vehicles achieving 40 mpg or more n.a. 1.2 % Est. Jobs in Manufacturing Efficient Cars 150,00062,00013,000 Source: Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low Carbon World

13 U.S. Light Vehicle Sales by Fuel Economy, Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


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