‘Green’ jobs see slight rise in Germany

(EurActiv, 22 Oct 2019) In 2017, 263,883 people were employed in the environmental sector in Germany, which was about 12,600 more than in the previous year. Although this means that the amount of so-called “green jobs” saw a slight rise in Germany, the stagnating wind industry continues to hamper growth. EURACTIV Germany reports.

As announced on Tuesday (22 October) by Germany’s Federal Statistical Office, more than two-thirds of the so-called “green” jobs were in the manufacturing sector.

Most people worked in mechanical engineering, a sector in which wind turbines, as well as energy-efficient drive and control technologies, are manufactured.

The building sector came in second, with around 45,000 people doing work related to the thermal insulation of buildings or the construction of sewerage systems.

Almost 15% of the jobs – 37,947 in total – were in the services sector, where nearly half of the employees worked “green jobs” in architecture and engineering firms, according to Destatis.

However, the figures of the Federal Statistical Office differ significantly from those of Germany’s Environment Agency, which projects that more than 2.8 million people had so-called “green” jobs in 2017.

According to the environment agency, the number of “green” jobs in Germany is growing steadily and has increased by 130,000 between 2014 and 2017. The agency’s statistics are significantly higher as they included more sectors, including energy and water supply, transport, agriculture and forestry.

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