India to see a spurt in green jobs

October 6, 2010

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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Bonn Climate Talks: India asks UN to take tough stand against protectionism

July 9, 2010

India has demanded that the United Nations must prevent any green protectionism by developed countries and include an explicit statement in the opening charter of any new deal to block carbon-based taxes being imposed on exports from developing countries such as India. The statement was made by the Indian delegation at the start of climate negotiations in Bonn. The UN talks on climate, in continuation of the last big meeting in Copenhagen, besides discussing the future of Kyoto Protocol will also look to hammer out a new long-term deal.


Climate talks: EU proposes to pledge 2.4 bn euro per year

July 9, 2010

In a run-up to the next United Nations climate change talks in Bonn in June, the European Union (EU) has come forward with proposals on fast track financing and pledging 2.4 billion euro per year over two years. Finance is one of the key issues for an agreed outcome from the meeting in Mexico. At the Copenhagen meeting, rich countries sought to overcome this issue by pledging “fast-start funding”. They agreed on providing $30 billion by 2012 to help developing countries reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change impacts, with a commitment to increase it to $100 billion per year by 2020.


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