In 2010, Finland introduced feed-in tariffs to promote renewable energy in the country. Finland consumes more than twice the electricity used by Germany because of its cold climate and energy-intensive industries such as papermaking and is therefore seeking ways to add non-polluting power generation to its energy mix. Prices were fixed for wind and biogas power to encourage producers to meet emission targets set by the European Union. The tariffs came into force on January 1, 2011 and will last for 12 years.
As global focus shifts to energy efficiency, with the market for environmental products and services projected to touch $2.74 trillion by 2025, headhunters say about one million green jobs will open up in India alone over the next two years. Green jobs, as defined by the United Nations Environment Programme, refers to work in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development or administrative activities that contribute to preserving environmental quality, and help in protecting the ecosystem and biodiversity.
While green architecture, biotechnology and environment management are the most lucrative and sought-after professions in the new, green sector, policy-making for renewable energy and natural resources management is fast gaining popularity.
Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy signed an MoU with TERI University in March 2009 to institute an MTech programme in renewable energy engineering and management. From just 48 students in 2006, the varsity has over 260 pupils.
According to a United Nations Environment Programme report based on 2008 estimates, by the year 2025 India will see the creation of 900,000 green jobs in the area of biogas alone.
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