Climate protection is driving force for employment
UBA study explores effect of energy efficiency measures in buildings, transport sector and businesses
Ambitious climate protection efforts result in more jobs: some 630,000 new jobs might be created in Germany-provided the federal government continues to pursue its goal of reducing national greenhouse gas emissions up until 2020 by some 40 percent over the 1990 index year. One important step towards this goal is measures to improve energy efficiency. Speedy and thorough implementation of climate protection measures in buildings alone will create nearly 100,000 new jobs in Germany by 2012. That figure could even rise to over 350,000 by 2020. These are the results of a new study, Gesamtwirtschaftliche Wirkungen von Energieeffizienzmaßnahmen in den Bereichen Gebäude, Unternehmen und Verkehr [Macroeconomic impacts of energy efficiency measures in the housing, business and transport sectors], which was commissioned to the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The findings show that measures to increase energy efficiency would benefit both the climate and employment as investments in energy efficiency and emissions reductions will bolster the position of Germany as a business location in the long term.