A handbook on a methodology for estimating green jobs in bioenergy

The main aim of this handbook was to provide a set of tools for conducting studies of the potential for creating bioenergy jobs at provincial level, including the related requirements for skills and capacity.

These tools resulted mainly from studies on employment in the bioenergy sector in Santa Fe, Salta and Misiones provinces. These studies were conducted by the FAO Project for the promotion of energy from biomass and the ILO in 2016 and 2017, which produced a large amount of material, such as forms, interview guides and other data-gathering instruments.

Firstly, this handbook establishes conceptual guidelines on bioenergy and green jobs; it then sets out a methodological basis which includes the necessary technical procedures to analyse a value chain, manage surveys of enterprises and workers, and use an IOM; finally it proposes a planning and organization strategy for the studies.

Methodologically speaking, specific inter-related analyses of the effects of bioenergy production on employment are proposed from different perspectives: the main characteristics of the sector and its value chain; an estimate of direct green employment in the sector; the quality of this employment; an estimate of indirect and induced employment in the sector, and the development of likely scenarios corresponding to sector policy lines, using microsimulations.

The purpose is to undertake the systematic development of studies on bioenergy employment at provincial level in order to generate useful knowledge for designing and managing local public policies. In this respect, this handbook aims to be useful for technical teams of national and provincial public and private organizations, as well as unions, employer associations, civil society and the academic world.