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Green jobs provide climate change solutions. Public policies should be established to encourage investment in low carbon industries and technologies. At this time of financial crisis, the TUC has argued for new investment models, such as Government-supported Green Bonds for new green infrastructure, from wind farms to carbon capture networks.

Government must take the lead in ensuring the necessary supply of skills and training programmes to equip employees for a future in a low carbon, resource efficient economy.

Public procurement has a crucial role to play in supporting new technologies and products such as micro-generation devices and green vehicles that create jobs, cut emissions and promote more sustainable behaviour. At the TUC’s Green Growth conference in April 2009, the trade union movement discussed and developed such ideas for low carbon economic growth.

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Before the Budget in April 2009, the TUC argued for the Government to fund a £16.8 billion green stimulus to speed the way to a sustainable economic recovery. A Budget for Jobs and Green Growth. [2009]

A report from the Government’s Committee on Climate Change  tells us which industries face the biggest changes to shift to a low carbon future – ‘decarbonising’ of electric power generation; energy efficiency at work and home; and greening transport – with investment in greener cars, vans and buses, and public transport.
Building a Low Carbon Economy: First Report of the Committee on Climate Change (2008)

A ITUC report launched in September 2008 was a major step towards action to help create millions of environmentally-friendly jobs around the world while underlining the need for just and fair transition. Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low Carbon World

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