This paper explores the volumes, sources and flows of e-waste, the risks it poses to e-waste workers and the environment, occupational safety and health issues, labour issues and regulatory frameworks, and links this growing global problem with the International Labour Organization’s current and future work.
The report summarizes the findings of a study on the challenges and opportunities for small business development and decent job creation in the waste management sector. Based on research conducted in three municipalities of Free State, South Africa, the report highlights the vulnerable situation of waste pickers and makes recommendations for better waste management. The research was commissioned by the ILO Free State SME Development Initiative and conducted by the University of Western Cape and the University of Johannesburg.
This study aims at contributing to the development process of the Maurice Île Durable policy and action plan. It analyses the skill needs for green jobs by looking at newly emerging occupations and by anticipating changes in existing occupations.
This Manual provides guidance to ILO units and field offices which wish to engage in studies and projects related to greening sectors of the built environment.
By identifying successful experiences of social dialogue on environmental policy, the report at hand presents practices, challenges and opportunities in developing and strengthening an efficient social dialogue on environmental issues at national, supranational, subnational and sectoral level. It intends to promote a stronger interaction among governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations in an increasingly challenging area for the world of work: environment, green economy and sustainable development.
This policy briefs summarizes the findings of an assessment on the potential of green jobs creation in Mauritius. It originated from a request by the Government of Mauritius and was conducted by the ILO in cooperation with a national research team.
The assessment analyses the feasibility, opportunities and challenges of promoting sustainable construction in the Gaza Strip and explores ways to promote green jobs.
This report presents YEF’s activities in the field of green entrepreneurship promotion in Kenya by outlining key achievements and practical examples from the years 2010 and 2011. The lessons learned from those experiences allow formulating recommendations for future activities.
This policy brief sets out the different methodologies available to assess the employment potential that green policies can offer and, in so doing, aims to help to focus policy decision-making in order to make it as efficient and productive as possible.
The report highlights occupational safety and health as an integral part of the promotion of green jobs and a greener economy to achieve an economic and social development that is also environmentally sustainable.
This working paper is the joint effort of the Employment Intensive Investment Programme and the Green Jobs Programme. It explores the implications of climate change, its impacts on the world of work and the need for the work of the International Labour Office to adapt to it. It takes stock of the on-going work and identifies the needs for further development.
This discussion paper was prepared under the auspices of the United Nations Task Team on Social Dimensions of Climate Change, which is currently composed of 20 Agencies, including the International Labour Organization. The paper addresses the social dimensions of climate change from a sustainable, equitable development perspective.
Short presentation of the Green Jobs Programme, it's strategy and objectives
This report is the result of a cooperation project between the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion of the European Commission and the International Institute for Labour Studies of the ILO. Its purpose is to better understand the nature of the green economy and the implications for labour markets.
This guide provides practical solutions, tailored to the considerations of developing countries, to assess how a transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy might affect employment.
The Green Jobs Programme of the ILO works towards environmentally sustainable economic and social development. Green jobs allow the generation of alternative employment with reduced environmental impact. The report presents the programme's activities of the past biennium and shows how these activities lead towards the programme's objective.
This research brief is a digest of the Comparative Analysis of Methods of Identification of Skill Needs on the Labour Market in Transition to the Low Carbon Economy (ILO, Geneva, 2011c), which resulted from a joint EC/ILO project Knowledge sharing in early identification of skill needs.
This research brief is a digest of the study Skills and Occupational Needs in Renewable Energy (ILO, 2011), which resulted from a joint EC-ILO project on Knowledge sharing in early identification of skill needs.
This research brief is a digest of the study Skills and Occupational Needs in Green Building (ILO, 2011), which resulted from a joint EC-ILO project on Knowledge sharing in early identification of skill needs.
Draws the attention of policy-makers and social partners in both developed and developing countries to the role of skills development in facilitating the transition to a greener economy and seizing the employment opportunities that the transition entails. It draws on policy-applied research and numerous case studies of country experiences and good practice conducted in collaboration with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) and the European Commission.
This study looks at the influence that the green economy can have on South African patterns by reviewing the South African construction sector, the energy situation in the country, several energy efficiency technologies as well as the legislation, regulations and policies.
The report examines the experience of 21 developed and developing countries representing 60 per cent of the world population in shifting to a greener economy.
The study comprises four assessments in the sectors energy, building and construction, agriculture and waste management. Provided is a general overview of the sectors, the related policies and legislations and the available and planned financing and investments. Furthermore, the assessments allowed estimating the number of potential green jobs that can be created if green policies relevant to the different sectors are implemented.
ILO Background note2011
The publication expands on and complements UNEP's Green Economy Report (2011) by focusing on the importance of decent work creation and poverty reduction in the transition towards a green economy.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to UN Country teams on how to integrate Green Jobs at country level, including joint programmes and the Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) process.
The periodical analyses the impact of climate change and mitigation policies on employment, identifies policies likely to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy and examines how trade unions organize around the issue of climate change and conribute therefore to the creation of a green economy,
Employment Working paper
The paper illustrates the environmental elements of a strategy towards the creation of sustainable enterprises by highlighting impacts on employment of different environmental instruments and policies.
Case study on a social dialogue roundtable initiative established to fulfil and guarantee the compatibility of the objective of emissions reductions with those of social cohesion and economic development.
The brief highlights the close inter-linkages between climate change and the world of work and discusses entry points for promoting policy coherence between climate change and social and labour policies.
The ILO conducted policy-applied research into skills needs for greener economies. The research was based on 15 country studies worldwide with a primary focus on good practice examples of how national policies for greening economies are complemented by identification of skills needs and efficient skills response strategies.
In partnership with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), the ILO conducted six country studies in Europe on good practice examples of how national policies for greening economies are complemented by identification of skills needs and efficient skills response strategies.
This report summarizes the main outcomes of a Trade Union workshop that aimed at discussing academic research on the employment aspects of climate change and identifying research gaps.
This paper provides a review of literature on energy efficient sustainable refurbishment in developing countries. To this end it provides an overview of climate change and its impact on the built and natural environment within the context of sustainable development.
This report, produced by GHK for the ILO, summarizes the main findings of a study on the scale and distribution of green employment in the economy of Bangladesh. It contributes to the on-going work of the Green Jobs Initiative in the country.
The study, conducted by the non-profit organisation Development Alternatives, assesses the decent work and environmental dimensions of jobs created under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme NREGS in the Kaimur district of India, with a view to promoting Green Jobs through the creation of new jobs and the enhancement of existing jobs.
This report presents the current situation and potential for green employment in China and the results of surveys conducted in eight companies in the power industry. The overall purpose of the research, that was conducted by the the institute for Labour Studies and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China together with the ILO, is to provide policy recommendations for China's transition towards a green economy.
This study is a first survey of the potential to generate Green Jobs in Brazil. It was released along with a translation into Portuguese of the report "Green Jobs: Towards decent work in a sustainable, low-carbon world".
This paper describes how International Labour Standards could be made more relevant to climate change in terms of its impact on employment and the labour market.
January 2009 theme of the Gender Equality at the Heart of Decent Work Campaign, 2008-2009
This report discusses the pilot application of a sectoral assessment methodology in Value Chain Development in India. The document focuses on the interventions bringing gains in terms of environmentally sound practices and decent work.
This comprehensive report on the emergence of a green economy and its impact on the world of work assembles evidence for currently existing green jobs in key economic sectors and presents estimates for future green employment.
ILO Background note2008
This paper discusses the implications for employment and decent work policies of shifting to more sustainable development paths. It focuses on climate change and the search for ways to combine growth, the reduction of poverty and equitable development with much reduced emission of greenhouse gases.
Governing Body Conference paper2008
The paper discusses the implications for employment and decent work of climate change. It focuses on the search for ways to combine growth, the reduction of poverty and inclusive development with a much reduced emission of greenhouse gases and measures to adapt to climate change that are already under way.
ILO Background note
Governing Body Meeting document2008
Focuses on the proposal to promote a socially just transition to green jobs, draws suggested policy conclusions and outlines items for a possible ILO programme of work.
This edition of the periodical focuses on how climate change is affecting workplaces around the world and also looks at the new employment opportunities created by the global, national and grassroots initaitives promoting sustainable development and green jobs.
A technical step-by-step-guide of how to start a community-based waste recycling business.
The publication builds on the outcome of the Trade Union Assembly on Labour and the Environment / WILL 2006. It addresses critical issues such as the importance of providing just employment transitions and reports on initiatives adopted throughout the world to reduce pressure on natural resources and the environment while leading to job creation.
This training manual helps union affiliates representing agricultural workers to tackle health, safety and environmental problems through their training programmes.