Spain Looks to Green Jobs to Remedy Soaring Unemployment
"We estimate that if we group them all together then sustainable industries, sustainable transport, sustainable education and eco-industries have the potential to create around a million jobs in the economy of the sustainable environment in the next decade,"
- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Spain has become the latest country to identify green jobs as the answer to its economic woes, today detailing how it plans to create around a million jobs over the next decade in low carbon industries.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told a roundtable discussion on renewable energies and sustainability at the G20 meeting in Seoul today that the country's ecologically sustainable industries would play a major part in alleviating its unemployment crisis.
Spain doubled its target for renewable energy in March and Zapatero said today that this measure, combined with growth in green transport, could create more than a million jobs in a nation that currently has four million unemployed.