Sustainability in the hands of the workforce

The new generation of workers face the challenge of contributing to the mission of net zero

There has been a growth in green skills. Urbanscape/Shutterstock

The younger generation within the workforce has been showing great interest in working within a sustainability-oriented industry, in line with the constant global efforts to reach net zero. According to sustainability magazine Impakter, 77 percent of the youth in the Asia-Pacific region are hoping to have a green job within the next decade.

Young adults have been focusing on combating climate change through working in or bringing to life environmentally sustainable businesses. However, despite the large demand for green jobs globally, many have communicated their interest,but are nervous of being seen as unqualified for green jobs. Nevertheless, the younger workforce has been more than willing to try out this change in career to bring the world closer to net zero.

The abundance of those wanting to make the shift did not match the growth of green job postings, as discussed by sustainable newsletter Sustainable Future News. Green job listings grew by eight percent within five years while green talent grew by six percent.

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Currently, there has been a growth in green skills, mainly in areas like ecosystem management, environmental policy, and pollution prevention, all focusing on assisting different economic sectors and businesses in complying with more sustainable guidelines.

India is one of the countries pushing the green job agenda. The nation has a 500-gigawatt clean energy target by 2030, focusing its inflow of investors towards the green sector rather than fuel-based projects, as reported by newsletter Deccan Herald. This was met with an increase in green jobs.

In order to comply with their target, India has been allocating more and more of its workforce towards green jobs. As of now, 20 percent of the Indian workforce are in green jobs, and this number is expected to grow to 40 percent by 2030.

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