The Environment, Employment, and Sustainable Development

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Since the study (and the ‘Careers in the Environment’ conference, at which the ideas in this chapter were originally presented), some excellent work has been produced by the Forward Studies Unit at the European Commission: Local Development and Employment Initiatives—An Investigation in the European Union. This reports on local initiatives which are generating employment, classified into seventeen fields including ‘environmental services’ (including waste, water, natural areas and pollution). This provides some practical examples of where employment has been generated by environmental action: the type of research that the 1993 Wikima report for DGV recommended as most fruitful.
There are signs that the past decade’s fashion for ‘downsizing’ may have outstayed its welcome. The adverse social and personal consequences are now being taken into consideration.
A version of this scheme is now being tested in a number of UK cities.
A relevant report comparing a number of studies is Linda Taylor, Employment Aspects of Energy Efficiency, Association for the Conservation of Energy, 1992.
A term coined by the management writer Charles Handy.


BiE (Business in the Environment) (1991) Your Business and the Environment: A DIY Review for Companies, BiE, London.

ECOTEC (1991) The Implications of Environmental Pressures: A Report to Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council and the BOC Foundation.
Elkington, John with Anne Dimmock (1991) The Corporate Environmentalists, SustainAbility, October 1991.

OECD (1992) The OECD Environment Industry: Situation, Prospects and Government Policies.

Renner, M. (1991) Jobs in a Sustainable Economy, Worldwatch Institute, NY.

Wikima Consulting (1993) The Employment Implications of Environmental Action, September 1993.


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