Jobs in environmental protection at a record high
1.8 million in Germany employed in environmental protection sector
Four and a half percent of all jobs in Germany in 2006 were related to environmental protection, which means almost 1.8 million jobs and a new high. In 2004 the figure was at 3.8 percent. Three factors in particular account for this positive development: strong job growth in the renewable energies sector, a rise in exports of German environmental technologies, and additional jobs created in environmental-related services. ”Environmental and climate protection are not a dead end for labour policy; to the contrary, they are a means to more employment. Environmental management in Germany has developed into a very dynamic key industry in the economy”, said Federal Minister for Environment Sigmar Gabriel in comments on these latest figures.