Green Gold Rush: nearly a million green Aussie jobs by 2030

Australia could become a world leader in creating ‘green’ industries generating up to a million green collar jobs by 2030 and multi-billion dollar export opportunities in green technology, according to a new report released today by the Australian Council of Trade Unions and Australian Conservation Foundation.

“Australia is well placed to lead an economic renewal based around clean industries and green jobs,” says ACF Executive Director Don Henry.

The Green Gold Rush report says Australia is extremely well-positioned to capitalise in six key industries but will need to act quickly to compete with countries such as Germany and Denmark which are already greening their workforces and dominating the international green market in solar and wind technology.

“This is no time for a go slow approach. The report shows Australia must act swiftly to make the most of its natural advantages or our economy will be left behind. We can’t win the race by starting last,” says ACTU President Sharan Burrow.

She says government policy settings and private investment are needed immediately to reach a target of nearly a million green jobs by 2030. Based on an analysis of 30 green industries globally, the report says Australia should focus on six sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable water industries, biomaterials, green buildings and waste recycling.

“By establishing a strong domestic market in these clean energy sectors, Australia will also develop the skills and expertise necessary to compete in the international green energy market which is currently worth $US1.4 trillion dollars. We can’t afford to miss the boat,” says Ms Burrow.

The ACTU and ACF believe the confluence of the climate and credit crises presents a remarkable opportunity for Australia to get a foothold in green industries.

“It’s up to government to lead the way with a strong 2020 target to cut greenhouse emissions and ambitious environmental policies that drive investment in green industries like solar and wind energy and green infrastructure, such as new railways,” says Mr Henry.

The Green Gold Rush report will be launched today in Melbourn

Leave a Comment »

Comments RSS 2.0
1. Ian Peters - June 27, 2009

There seems to be a lot of noise in the media about a lack of jobs for graduates, yet this site has over 25000 sales jobs open. I think graduates need to be open minded when seeking their first post and not just look at jobs badged graduate jobs. they should try for a start

« Oppose US War on Syria and Pakistan // Would John Key stop this udder madness? »

FireStats icon Powered by FireStats