Measuring green jobs?

An evaluation of definitions and statistics for green activities

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The report reviews the different initiatives aiming to measure aspects of “green” sectors, jobs and technologies. The report discusses whether the statistics collected under the present initiatives aimed at measuring these aspects increase insights into the fundamental questions motivating the initiatives. An alternative framework is suggested, as it appears fundamentally impossible to make consistent frameworks for a division of the economy into “green” and “non-green” activities. The analysis has been carried out during the period September 2011 – March 2012 by Vista Analysis AS, Gaia Consulting Oy and University of Aarhus. Gaia Consulting Oy is responsible for the chapters 5.2., 5.3, 6.2, 6.3 and 7.2 only. The project was commissioned by the Working Group on Environment and Economy under the Nordic Council of Ministers.



Future production and employment pattern

In Denmark, the Ministry of Finance produces long-term forecasts of the Danish Economy for use in the development of long-term finance policy. The latest official macro-economic forecast dates from 2007 as basis for the Plan 2015 (Danish Ministry of Finance 2007). The present report has been granted access to a more recent forecast, which was used by the Danish Energy Agency to predict emissions in their Energy Strategy 2050 (Regeringen, 2011).


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