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'Green Britain' will provide 400,000 new jobs

Published: Tuesday, 10 March 2009   Category: Life after graduation

The UK government's green agenda will create more than 400,000 new jobs, according to the prime minister.

Gordon Brown said this week the country's new low-carbon economy could help to address unemployment issues by creating thousands of new "eco-jobs", which could benefit those looking for graduate jobs.

He was speaking at a summit in London held to discuss the UK government's industrial strategy.

During his speech, he revealed that the environmental sector will employ 1.3 million people by 2017 – an annual growth rate of five per cent.

Measures to up the country's green agenda will include environmentally-friendly initiatives within its fiscal packages and investment in new greener technologies.

Mr Brown said: "We know that the more we are able to co-ordinate these measures internationally, the more confidence and certainty we will build and the more investment we will be able to bring forward.

"That's why I want to create a global 'green new deal' that will pave the way for a low carbon recovery and to help us build tomorrow's green economy today."

Despite the announcements, pressure groups have called on the government to follow the lead of other European countries and better promote renewable energy.


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