Let’s Go Green…
A new common vision has emerged that promises the ultimate reconciliation of environmental and economic concerns. In this new world, both business and the environment can win. Being green is no longer a cost of doing business; it is a catalyst for innovation, new market opportunity, and wealth creation. Thus going green is a win-win situation for all the entities without putting much at stake.
Green energy is not just good for the environment but great for the economy. The increasing use of different types of green energy, such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy, creates jobs, stimulates the local economy and lowers health care costs, just to name a few benefits. Green energy initiatives not only help to improve the environment, but also strengthen the economy.
The pursuit of “green jobs” – employment that contributes to protecting the environment and reducing humanity’s carbon footprint is quickly becoming a key economic driver of the 21st century. Green economy – the colour proofing has not only involved large-scale investments in new technologies, equipment, buildings, and infrastructure, etc., but also provided a major stimulus for much-needed new employment and an opportunity for retaining and transforming existing jobs.
All around the world, falling prices for green energy technologies have driven the creation of more jobs in both renewable energy operation and maintenance. One type of green energy in particular — solar energy — is the largest renewable energy employer on the planet, with 2,500,000 jobs worldwide. Wind energy is also creating more new jobs than ever before, with 1,000,000 people employed worldwide.
According to an estimate, the Union of Concerned Scientists found that a 25% renewable energy standard by 2025 will create three times the number of jobs as generating an equivalent amount of electricity from fossil fuels. That’s a whopping 202,000 new jobs by 2025.
It is true that economic forces at work in industry are making it more difficult to integrate environmental excellence into a business strategy. Yet it is pertinent to treat this challenge, and the lack of a framework for managers to address it, as somehow different from other business challenges that result from changes in the business environment, such as the quickening global economy, a shrinking labour pool, or changing technology.
The Skill Council for Green Jobs under the National Skill Development Corporation has taken upon the responsibility to put forth farsighted green occupation programmes, innovations, creative solutions and forward-looking approach. Governance Today takes pride to acknowledge the green steps of SCGJ and dedicates this edition to the green future of the country.