BERLIN - Climate pressure group Greenpeace said on Monday that switching to renewable
energy sources could create 8.5 million jobs by 2030 if governments turn their
backs on "dirty and dangerous" fossil fuels.
"Investing in people,
rather than dirty and dangerous fossil fuels not only boosts global economic
development but stems catastrophic climate change," Greenpeace said in a new
report unveiled in Berlin.
"The sustainable future of the planet is
rooted in the investment in people and local communities who can install and
maintain renewable energy sources," it said.
Currently around two
million people are employed in the renewables sector.
that the global market for renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power
could be worth more than 600 billion dollars by 2030, a six-fold increase from
The forecasts are based on a scenario of carbon dioxide
emissions being cut by more than 80 per cent by 2050 from 1990 levels, and 95
per cent of the world's electricity needs being produced by renewables compared
with around 18 per cent at present.
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Sven Teske, Greenpeace's senior
energy expert and co-author of the new report, told AFP that this scenario was
"ambitious" and that major polluters have not set such long-term
The European Union has pledged to cut its emissions by 20
per cent by 2020 from 1990 levels while President Barack Obama wants US
emissions to be cut "in the range of 17 per cent" by 2020 compared with 2005
China, the world's biggest emitter, has pledged to reduce its
carbon intensity -- the measure of greenhouse-gas emissions per unit of gross
domestic product -- by 40 to 45 per cent by 2020 based on 2005
A summit in Copenhagen in December failed to result in an
across-the-board target for cutting emissions, and the US climate negotiator
said last month it was politically unrealistic to try to agree global
The report, "Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy
Outlook", the third edition, provides a "detailed practical blueprint for
cutting carbon emissions while achieving economic growth by replacing fossil
fuels with renewable energy and energy efficiency," Greenpeace
It "shows how to eliminate unpredictable fossil fuel costs,
destructive mining and oil exploration and with it catastrophes such as the
current BP Gulf oil spill" in the Gulf of Mexico, Teske said.