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GREEN background is based on three realities:

  • The European Union is willing to achieve in 2020 a rate of employment of 75% in women and men between 20 and 64 years old, and to reduce the 20% of the emissions of greenhouse effect gases, with 20% of the consumption covered by renewable energies.
  • Millions of workers are necessary in jobs linked to sustainable growth. Severe lacks of specialists on management and on technical fields make these objectives difficult.
  • Lifelong learning is a key to benefit from the green growth opportunities.

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GREEN background is based on three realities:

  • The European Union is willing to achieve in 2020 a rate of employment of 75% in women and men between 20 and 64 years old, and to reduce the 20% of the emissions of greenhouse effect gases, with 20% of the consumption covered by renewable energies.
  • Millions of workers are necessary in jobs linked to sustainable growth. Severe lacks of specialists on management and on technical fields make these objectives difficult.
  • Lifelong learning is a key to benefit from the green growth opportunities.

 

The European Union is willing to achieve in 2020 a rate of employment of 75% in women and men between 20 and 64 years old, and to reduce the 20% of the emissions of greenhouse effect gases, with 20% of the consumption covered by renewable energies. The potential for green job creation is enormous – and the case for government support to drive this forward is clear – industry cannot do it alone. The case for moving towards a low-carbon economy and achieving green, sustainable growth has been well documented over recent years. It has gained further ground as governments look for ways out of the economic downturn and means for reducing unemployment at the same time as meeting their climate change obligations, renewing energy infrastructure and complying with other environmental legislation. Research shows that green investments, particularly in renewable energy and ecoconstruction, are potentially significant engines for job creation.

 

For that, 3 million workers are necessary in jobs linked to sustainable growth. Severe lacks of specialists on management and on technical fields make these objectives difficult. CEDEFOP points out that the EU is a victim of systemic weaknesses in its competence base, which limits its productivity and competitiveness. Lifelong learning is a key to benefit from the 16- million increase of highly qualified employments and palliate the 12-million decrease of low qualified employments in the scenario of 2020.Having qualified manpower is essential to develop a competitive, sustainable and innovating economy, in consonance with the objectives of Europe Strategy 2020. The employment and qualification policies of the EU contributing to shape the transition of an environment-friendly, intelligent and innovative economy should be a priority.

 

Lifelong learning is a key to benefit from the green growth opportunities. It is worth encouraging and improving the participation in lifelong learning without borders for all, as well as the transference, recognition and accumulation of the learning outcomes of the people in formal, not formal and informal contexts. Favouring the transference, the recognition and accumulation of the learning evaluated outcomes of the people who are willing to get a qualification will improve the general understanding of the learning outcomes of the citizens, their transparency, their transnational mobility and their ability to be transferred among the member states and, if necessary, inside them, in a lifelong learning space without borders. The mobility and the ability of the qualifications to be transferred will be improved at national level among the different economy sectors and in the labour market; besides, it will contribute to the development and the expansion of European cooperation in education and training.

 

With this purpose, we are encouraged to use and promote systematically the European transparency tools EQF and ECVET to offer a European device to recognise, transfer and capitalise knowledge, aptitudes and competences of the workers on key "renewable energies" to tackle the challenges of sustainable development.