Green Employment and the Green Economy


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Honda Launches Home-Solar Program


Also from the New York Times; an interesting partnership concept.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/business/honda-to-offer-customers-a-home-solar-system-option.html

 

New York Times: EU importers Oppose Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

The article may be found at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/business/global/european-solar-importers-defend-chinese-in-anti-dumping-case.html?_r=0

 

York University Launches Work in a Warming World (W3)


This interesting new program is multi-discplinary. 
URL:  http://www.workinawarmingworld.yorku.ca/

From the Web site:

"Why research work and global warming? Because the world of work—what’s made, how it’s made, and the training behind production– is crucial to reducing Canada’s GHGs.

W3 is a young research programme, which actively engages the Canadian work world in the struggle to slow global warming. It`s my belief that because workplaces are major producers of GHGs, they can also be effective actors for reducing our carbon footprint.

Academics like me work with architects, engineers, climate scientists, trade unions, social justice and environmental advocacy groups, sectoral councils and para-governmental agencies, to map the impact of climate change on Canadians’ job futures. And to craft workable strategies to lower greenhouse emissions in the work place. Affiliated to IRIS, York’s Institute for Research and Innovation on Sustainability, we are action-researchers, whose research is structured to make change happen. This means we are also developing a social agenda for the climate struggle, and training the next generation of social climate scientists.

W3 is a cluster of funded research partnerships—we started early in 2009. We’re interdisciplinary, linking natural sciences, social sciences, law, education and environmental studies. With over 50 researchers and organizations and active links in the EU, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Latin America, our growing network of graduate students hosts internships with trade unions, government and NGOs.

York University has the expertise to bring together the natural sciences and the social sciences, and the creativity to tackle a basic social challenge like this. More, York collaborates widely and effectively with NGOs and universities in a number of countries. It’s my goal for W3 that we foster research collaboration that contributes to real change in the environment in which we work."
 
Carla Lipsig-Mummé
Director

 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions


 

European Foundation for the  Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)
European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC)
 
Greening Of Industries In The Eu [Database] [Updated 7 February 2013]


These 48 company case studies are examples of good practice in the anticipation and management of green change in 10 sectors. Analysis focuses on how to strengthen competitiveness and increase both the quantity and quality of jobs while protecting the environment. Collaborative approaches involving the social partners, public authorities, education and training providers, non-government organisations and other actors are of particular interest. It is hoped that these cases will provide useful insights and ideas to other companies in similar sectors.

Browse case studies:

By country

By sector

By company size

Show all cases


ReBlog:  Institute for Workplace Studies, NYC

 

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Greening of industries in the EU


European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)

Greening of industries in the EU: Anticipating and managing the effects on quantity and quality of jobs [23 January 2013]
http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/htmlfiles/ef1248.htm
or
http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/pubdocs/2012/48/en/1/EF1248EN.pdf
[full-text, 142 pages]




Author:
Gaušas, Simonas
Summary:
All jobs will be affected as the EU moves to a green economy: new jobs will be created and some will be eliminated, but most existing jobs will be transformed. To ensure a socially responsible transition towards high-quality green jobs, concerted efforts by governments, employees, employers and other stakeholders are crucial in anticipating and managing this process. The research carried out in this study examined green business practices and greening processes aimed at mitigating climate change – if radical mitigation measures are not taken in time, adaptation could eventually prove impossible. The study had two main objectives: to provide an overview at both sectoral and cross-sectoral level in the EU of the effects of greening on the quantity and quality of jobs in 10 sectors (automotive, chemicals, construction, distribution and trade, energy, furniture, nonmetallic materials, shipbuilding, textiles and transport); and to analyse good practice examples of the anticipation and management of green change at company level in these sectors. An executive summary is also available.

 

Contents

Executive summary

Introduction

1 Challenges arising from climate change

2 Business motivation to act against climate change

3 Types of green business practices

4 Impact of climate change on employment

5 Anticipating and managing green change

6 Conclusions and recommendations

Bibliography

 

Annexes

The individual company case studies and the following annexes are available on the Eurofound website at


 

Annex 1: Definitions used in the report

Annex 2: Overview of the target sectors

Annex 3: Evidence for the impact of climate change on the quantity of jobs

Annex 4: List of interviewed stakeholders

 
ReBlog:  Institute for Workplace Studies

 

Greening Of Industry (Case Studies Database)


 
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)

European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC)

Greening Of Industry (Case Studies Database)


These 46 company case studies are examples of good practice in the anticipation and management of green change in 10 sectors. Analysis focuses on how to strengthen competitiveness and increase both the quantity and quality of jobs while protecting the environment. Collaborative approaches involving the social partners, public authorities, education and training providers, non-government organisations and other actors are of particular interest. It is hoped that these cases will provide useful insights and ideas to other companies in similar sectors.

Browse case studies:

By country

By sector

By company size

Show all cases

ReBlog:  Institute for Workplace Studies

 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

National Public Radio:

After Backlash, Ethanol Industry Is Thriving

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/26/151417943/checking-in-on-eurozone-economies

 

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