Green collar jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors have the potential to generate 37 million jobs by 2030, according to a report from the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and Management Information Services, Inc., an economic research firm based in Washington, D.C. However, this will be difficult to achieve without proper policies in place at the federal and state levels, the report finds.
Renewable energy and energy efficiency in 2007 provided more than 9 million jobs and $1.045 trillion in revenue in the U.S., says the "Green Collar Jobs" report. Some 95% of those jobs are in the private sector.
"There's a new sense of optimism in the green economy," said Brad Collins, ASES executive director. "But while the U.S. could see million of new jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency, this will only happen with the necessary leadership, research, development, and public policy at the federal and state levels."
Every year's delay by policy-makers (2009, 2010) has a highly disproportionate and negative impact on long range growth. The longer that policy-makers delay in implementing ambitious renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, the more difficult it will be to achieve the report's goals by 2030.
Unless quick action is taken, the U.S. risks losing millions of green jobs to other nations that offer a more serious and sustained commitment to growing its green. Click here to read the full news release on the report.