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Jobs in a clean economy

We work with peak organisations to develop initiatives that encourage the creation of clean energy jobs. Our shared aim is to smooth the transition to a clean energy economy and genuinely tackle climate change.

Creating jobs and cutting pollution

The report Creating Jobs — Cutting Pollution: the roadmap for a cleaner, stronger economy discusses the roadmap for a cleaner, stronger economy and was published in May 2010. It is a joint ACF and Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) report showing that we can create 3.7 million jobs by 2030 whilst taking strong action on climate change.

The report is based on the most extensive economic modelling to date of costs and benefits across all Australian regions of taking strong action to cut greenhouse pollution by 25%. The national report shows if governments act now to shift Australia from a pollution dependent economy to a cleaner economy it will create 3.7 million new jobs across the country by 2030.

The collaboration produced an interactive jobs map [no longer online] that shows you exactly how many jobs could be created in your area if Australia takes strong action on climate change and transitions to a clean energy economy.

Green Gold Rush: how ambitious environmental policy can make Australia a leader in the race for green jobs

According to the report Green Gold Rush: How ambitious environmental policy can make Australia a leader in the race for green jobs, Australia could become a leader in certain green industries, but action is needed now.

This is a joint ACF and ACTU report that identifies six industries most likely to benefit in a clean energy economy with the potential to create 850,000 jobs by 2030.

Growing the green collar economy

The report Growing the Green Collar Economy includes CSIRO analysis based on the latest economic modelling and is released by ACF and the Dusseldorp Skills Forum (DSF).

The report found that strong action on climate change will see continued growth in jobs across the economy over the coming two decades by between 2.6 and 3.3 million. It also identifies the employment impact of action to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Australia and examines the skills, training and workforce implications.

What's happening now?

The Southern Cross Climate Coalition (SCCC) — our alliance with peak social, union, research and environmental organisations — continues to work on initiatives that smooth the transition to a clean economy and genuinely tackle climate change.