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DUBAI – As the UAE undergoes a shift towards a green economy, jobseekers may want to put their focus on preparing for green jobs in the country’s key sectors.
According to a new report by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), a total of around 68,000 green jobs are predicted to exist in 2021.
The report, Jobs and Skills for the UAE’s Green Economy Transformation, anticipates that the number of green jobs will grow to 86,000 by 2030 with the increasing adoption of sustainable practices across diverse economic sectors.
According to the report, multi-sectoral strategies such as the UAE Green Agenda 2015-2030 and the National Climate Change Plan of the UAE 2017-2050 are helping green industries and services to gain significance.
Clean energy, resource conservation, and pollution reduction are fundamental to the green economy transition, and integrating labor market needs in these fields with government policy is critical to achieving success.
The report takes a sectoral approach to estimating the number of green jobs in the UAE, which currently stands at 49,000 or about 0.6 percent of the total workforce.
The public sector, waste management and recycling, tourism, and transport are the most significant sources of green jobs today.
The findings indicate that the waste sector will remain a major source of green jobs well into the future due to the national waste diversion target of 75 percent, set out in the UAE Vision 2021.
Meanwhile, energy, particularly solar power and energy efficiency, will support more green jobs as the announced capacities in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and other emirates start to come online.
“Green jobs have great potential in the UAE. The UAE Green Agenda 2015-2030 views developing a green workforce and fostering green skills as integral elements of the nation’s drive to promote the green economy. We need to work together to ensure the alignment of available skills, policy, and economic needs for the mutual benefit of people and the environment,” said Aisha Al Abdooli, Director of Green Development and Environmental Affairs at MOCCAE.
The ministry has implemented several initiatives to promote green jobs among youth, such as the Climate Innovation Exchange green entrepreneurial program that takes place annually during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. GAD/Expat Media
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