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Eco-friendly biz practises to create millions of jobs

business Updated: Sep 24, 2009 19:48 IST
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With an increasing growth in demand by companies for environmentally sustainable services, millions of job opportunities are in the offing for people having the skill sets related to green services, experts say.

"Investments going into restructuring our economy will be more sustainable and will completely dwarf our IT revolution. Large IT firms together employ less than a million people. That is the amount of jobs we can have in bio-gas production alone," The Climate Project (TCP)- India Director Gaurav Gupta told PTI.

TCP is an independent chapter of an international non-profit organisation founded by Nobel Laureate Al Gore.

"The ongoing economic downturn has given policy makers an opportunity to take a second look at their growth strategies and many have concluded that not only serious structural changes to a low carbon economy is necessary, but that the time to make appropriate investments has arrived," he added.

Experts said rapidly evolving job opportunities demand skill sets in environmental sustainability and traditional jobs need to be re-imagined to support Green economy.

US-based environmental organisation, Sierra Club's International Program Director Stephen Mills said," We need to ensure that the millions of jobs that are likely to be generated are not crowded out by simultaneous spending on carbon-intensive sectors elsewhere."