Clean Energy To Generate Millions Of Green Jobs In India

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‘Save the Planet’, ‘Keep the City Clean and Green’, and ‘Stop Global Warming’ are oft-heard slogans, and a large number of people from different parts of the world are working hard to stop pollution and make the world a better place to live in. Do you belong to the green brigade? Would you like to make a positive contribution to the world you live in? Indians have a reason to rejoice as over a million green jobs will be created in the country by 2012. 

Governments across the world, including the US Government, are planning to invest more in cleaner forms of energy. This step will include investment in technologies for renewable energy. The environmental think tank, The Climate Group, in a report titled India’s Clean Revolution, says that India has great capacity to develop and benefit from the use of green technologies. And it also says that for this transition to new and cleaner sources of energy, the country will have to develop people with a new set of skills: which means that a lot of green jobs in India are on the horizon. 

Green jobs in india could overlap with other professions: architects capable of designing green buildings, civil engineers capable of making environment-friendly infrastructure, organic farmers, etc. India will need a lot of professionals and trained people to take care of and expand its solar energy, wind power and turbine facilities.

The country is, even at the present point of time, facing shortage of experts in these fields. In an interview, CEO of Green Infra, Sunil Jain, had said that, “The forecast of 10.5 million jobs by the end of the decade is a figure on the high side but one we can definitely achieve.” 

As the dependence on oil as the main source of energy grows weaker, other forms of energy will need to compensate for its decreasing use, and this will create tremendous opportunity in the world of green energy. If you are at the threshold of your career or if you feel the need to make change your work profile, educational or experiential qualifications in the field of clean and green energy will help you get green jobs in India a few months down the line. 

The Indian Government has been investing heavily in education and research since the last few years and thankfully there is a good workforce of scientist and engineers who can lead the country on its way to becoming cleaner and greener. The wind sector is expected to generate around 150,000 to 250,000 jobs in India, while solar industry has the potential to create 117,000 to 235,000 jobs. 

But the greatest opportunity lies in clean technology eco-system. Indian government plans to subsidize semiconductor production. The market for semiconductors is expected to be 153,384 crore rupees and this industry will create over 3.6 million jobs in India by 2015. Also, biofuels are expected to create 5 million jobs, but they will overlap with jobs lost as agricultural crops replace biofuel crops. 

In the emerging India, it will pay to have green skills and jobs will chase those who possess expertise on aspects of clean energy and sustainable development.

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