Jobs: Nearly 1 million employed in energy efficiency sector in the EU
Some 900 thousand people were employed in work relating to the supply of energy efficient goods and services in 2010, according to a new study from Cambridge Econometrics that ‘assesses the employment and social impact of energy efficiency’. The report that was published in December 2015, underlines the increasing demand for high-skilled workers in jobs which involve auditing, consulting, organisation and consultation, such as managers of major building projects. When it comes to building a skilled workforce, science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be key due to the technological nature of many of the occupations. The study pointed out that while there is a great potential for energy efficiency jobs in construction, it may be difficult to train the workforce in the necessary skills due to the high levels of self-employment in the sector. The potential lack of skills in the sector could slow the take-up of energy efficiency measures, the study warned. Through a series of case studies in Germany, UK, Spain and Lower Austria the report highlights the importance of training and professional development supported by national and ESIF investments.