By the end of 2014, 4.2 million Europeans are working on full time employment in the economic sector Environment, according to Eurostat data released in connection with the Green Week Forum, which is being held in Malta. The majority of these jobs, around 60%, are related to environmental protection. The rest are related to resource management activities.
The largest number of workers in the environmental sector in Germany – almost 505,000 people. According to Eurostat data, the employed in this sector in Bulgaria by the end of 2014 are almost 32,000 people.
The statistics show that EU employment is growing faster than other economic sectors – 49% more jobs in comparison with 6% in the period 2000-2014. The reason for the growth of jobs in the green economy is mainly the efforts to improve the management of energy resources and, in particular, the production of electricity from renewable sources (wind or solar power plants).
In addition, new jobs for Europe also bring the production of heating and energy saving installations.
Eurostat’s statistics cover the first years of the boom of the RES sector in Europe. In recent years, however, investment in renewable sources has fallen.