Supported by EU environmental policies, the transition towards a circular economy is becoming a reality. This will encourage fundamental changes across the entire EU economy, including the labour market. As companies develop new, sustainable business models, expand their markets and adapt innovative solutions to efficiently use resources, this can translate into more jobs.
The environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) has seen a solid performance in terms of job creation despite the economic crisis in recent years, growing to 4.2 million jobs in 2012. The map below presents a snapshot of where 'green jobs' are situated and being created around the EU.
While some of these occupations are being replaced and others redefined, there is growing demand for innovative and green skills. To fully take advantage of those new opportunities, Europeans must update their qualifications and close the skills gaps. In the construction industry, for instance, the transition to a circular economy will require a variety of new skills, from architects trained in eco-design and the possibilities offered by new materials, to people on the ground with the skills and qualifications to be at ease with new technologies. Adaptation of education and training systems is therefore an essential element in enabling a successful transition towards a circular economy. The map below also indicates places where you can find more information about 'green skills' training opportunities in your country.