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Green Jobs

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what definition of the term green jobs his Department uses; and what his most recent estimate is of the number of people employed in jobs which meet his Department's definition of green jobs. (289652)

There is currently no single definition of what constitutes a green job.

The definition of green jobs used in the Government's UK Low Carbon Industrial Strategy is based on an analysis of the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services (LCEGS) sector (Innovas, March 2009, Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services: an industry analysis).

The definition includes jobs in the following industrial sectors and their supply chains: air, noise and marine pollution; renewable energy; and emerging low-carbon technologies.

Innovas estimated that in 2007-08 there were around 880,000 workers employed in the LCEGS sector in the UK.