Building on work done in the concluded transnational project “A Green Transformation: Freedom and Security in Uncertain Times”, the Green European Foundation will implement a new transnational project with its partners Green House Think Tank (United Kingdom), Ecopolis (Hungary) and Green Foundation Ireland.
COP24 in Poland aims to strengthen the Paris 2015 agreement. The 2017 Local and Regional Leaders Summit at COP23 declared, that “we will establish our own Locally and Regionally Determined Contributions to help national governments achieve and exceed existing Nationally determined contributions (NDCs)” to contribute to the efforts committed to in Paris in 2015 to reduce the national emissions by all signing parties and to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
In 2016 and 2017, the Green European Foundation has worked to highlight the potential for climate jobs to create more freedom and security than is offered by global automation with the support of Green House Think Tank in the framework of the transnational project “A Green Transformation: Freedom and Security in Uncertain Times”.
A toolkit to quantify the climate jobs potential across the EU
We have produced a toolkit that uses published statistics to estimate the local job creation potential from transitioning to Zero Carbon (based on zerocarbonbritain.com, One Million Climate Jobs Report and the lucasplan.org.uk). This toolkit could help quantify and publicise the EU-wide potential of greening local economies to create new climate jobs, and better address climate change, in the run-up to COP24.
Leading up to the climate summit in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018, the project aims to draft and launch strategies for local investment to create more climate jobs in the three countries of the partner foundations United Kingdom, Ireland, and Hungary. These will explore (and quantify):
- What potential is there is for stronger emissions reductions related to local actions/plans?
- How does this relate to creating new jobs, and displacing existing (e.g. high carbon) jobs?
- What national/EU policy changes are needed?
- Where are these jobs? In cities, in rural areas or across each country?
The project will develop a method to estimate the number of jobs that would be created in each country by more ambitious emissions reduction targets and a local jobs-rich green investment strategy. The UK report will map new climate jobs by locality, showing how climate jobs could help re-balance the economy. Eventually, all results will feed into concrete recommendations for stronger climate targets based on location-specific plans for climate action.
An article about the project’s background, evolution as well as first conclusions and future prospects of the research was published by Clean Slate – the Practical Journal of Sustainable Living, the magazine of the Centre for Alternative Technology in the United Kingdom and can be read here.