A report produced by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Dusseldorp Skills Forum, says workers will find new “green-collar” jobs as net employment surges in the long-term.

The report’s modelling shows that despite the introduction of an emissions trading scheme in 2010, employment will grow by between 2.6 and 3.3 million jobs by 2025.

Employment is tipped to drop in some sectors after the introduction of the trading scheme, but is forecast to recover and to increase in the long-term to higher levels than the present. Net job growth was predicted in mining, energy, industry and farming. New green-collar jobs will be created in renewable energy, constructing green buildings and appliances, and developing alternative transport.

The report urges governments and training providers to develop strategies for skilling green-collar workers.

Australian Conservation Foundation Executive Director Don Henry said there were big opportunities in green jobs.

“CSIRO has shown we can simultaneously grow jobs and our economy while reducing our environmental footprint. Jobs in sectors that are currently high-carbon emitters, like transport, manufacturing and construction are also expected to grow and will need to be turned into `green-collar’ jobs in a clean economy.”

~Don Henry