Green Employment and the Green Economy

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]
[full-text, 142 pages]

Gaušas, Simonas
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.



Executive summary


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




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

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