A Greener European Economy can Bring a Double Dividend

Towards a Greener Economy: The Social Dimension examines the green economy in the European Union, especially the labour market and employment aspects. It focuses on the 15 high carbon industries which produce approximately 85 per cent of production emissions, and which represent approximately 12% of employment. The core of the report is its discussion of the green policy measures currently in use in the EU, and the conclusion that a “double dividend” – greater decent work opportunities and a greener economy – is possible if environmental, economic and social policies are integrated in the right policy mix. The report concludes by identifying topics requiring further research. Towards a Greener Economy was released in November 2011, and is the result from the cooperation between the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion and the International Institute for Labour Studies of the ILO.



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