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Fit for work in a greener economy

Fit for work in a greener economy

Ever thought of a green career? This year, the EU's Green Week will look at the new types of jobs that a greener and cleaner economy can bring, and will discuss the new kind of skills people will need. Find out more and be part of #EUGreenWeek 2017.

Europe has made big commitments on fighting climate change, but transforming our energy system into a low-carbon one is no easy task. Investments are needed on a massive scale to develop a decentralised, renewable energy system. To keep Europe's competitive edge in renewable energy technologies, we must also invest in workforce skills.

A German utility company has developed a business model already reaping the benefits of a greener economy by responding to the most significant trends transforming the energy sector worldwide: decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation.

Henning Joswig worked in coal mining and is now senior manager at innogy SE. It has more than 40 000 employees in 16 countries across Europe who are not only creating and driving innovations but are also developing their own skills towards new horizons. Some of the 50 service technicians, engineers and nautical personnel working at their Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm once worked in coal- and gas-fired power stations.

“I started out as a mining engineer, working in some of the biggest open-pit coal mines in Europe,” says Henning. “Now I work in a totally different approach to power generation.”

Today, he is in innogy’s strategy and technology department where he is developing innovative future energy systems and storage applications, technologies that are required to unlock the full potential of renewable energies.

Innogy: facts and figures

  • It currently supplies energy to around 16 million power and 7 million gas customers in 11 European countries
  • It is among the top wind operators in Europe
  • It is also the largest electricity provider by volume in Germany

Bridging the green skills gap

The EU is offering practical support to help businesses and citizens through a number of programmes, including its Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The European Social Fund is also supporting actions to upgrade workers’ skills. In Spain, for example, the ESF committed more than EUR 22 million to a Green Jobs Programme which has helped around 60 000 people acquire skills through 2000 different training courses. There has also been a special focus on helping workers in declining economic sectors to re-skill for the green jobs market.

Erasmus+, the EU’s education and training programme, is boosting activities in this area, too. For instance, the Green S&C project enhanced green skills in Southern Tuscany, Italy, to meet demand from local businesses. Young students and high-school graduates experienced learning in other countries, developing technical and professional expertise in energy efficiency, waste-cycle efficiency and ecological product development, among other green processes.

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Upcoming events

European Science and Fun Day - Lapithos/Lapta
25.10.2017
10:00

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Youth Environment Festival - Keep it Green, Keep it Clean
21.10.2017
14:00

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European Science and Fun Day - Tirkomo/İskele
11.10.2017
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Event: No Car Day
23.09.2017
10:30

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Panel: Clean, Intelligent, Shared Mobility
19.09.2017
14:30

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Civil Society in Action VI Grant Scheme Launch Event at Büyük Han
13.07.2017
18:00

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Jazz Workshop and Jam Session
11.07.2017
18:30

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Green Jobs For A Greener Future
07.07.2017
10:30

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A Summer Night At Othello
06.07.2017
20:30

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Europe Day 2017 Famagusta
10.06.2017
10:00

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Event: "Education and Business World Cooperate for the Improvement of Skills"
23.05.2017
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Europe Day 2017 - United in Diversity
20.05.2017
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"EU's Today and Future: 60th Anniversary of the Rome Treaties" Reception and Concert Event
26.04.2017
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Waste Prevention and Recycling Forum II: Green Waste
20.04.2017
10:30

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United in Diversity Poster Competition Launch
19.04.2017
11:30

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European Researchers Night Science and Fun Day Famagusta
30.03.2017
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European Researchers Night Science and Fun Day Lefka
28.03.2017
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Film Screening "Amal" and Discussion
24.03.2017
18:30

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Juncker Commission: 2 Year On Presentation at Kyrenia
21.03.2017
15:00

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Juncker Komisyonu'nun 2 Yılı Sunumu - Girne
21.03.2017
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Traffic Safety Workshop
18.03.2017
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Juncker Commission: 2 Year On Presentation at Famagusta
17.03.2017
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Health and Safety at Work Training
16.03.2017
10:00

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European Action Week Against Racism Panel
13.03.2017
14:30

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Equal Pay for Equal Work - Inclusive Growth For All Panel
09.03.2017
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Workshop: Traffic Safety Campaign
27.02.2017
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Human Rights Film Days Opening Reception
26.01.2017
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Juncker Commission: 2 Year On
17.01.2017
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Prize Ceremony - Traffic Safety Video Competition
13.01.2017
15:30

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Prize Ceremony - Battery Collection Competition
11.01.2017
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A day in the life of a disabled person panel discussion
06.01.2017
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"Waste Prevention and Recycling" Forum
20.12.2016
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European SME Week 2016: Green Economy
15.12.2016
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Panel on Elimination of Violence Against Women
25.11.2016
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Short Video Competition Launch for Traffic Safety
11.11.2016
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Energy Efficient Buildings & Green Energy Panel
25.10.2016
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EU Anti-Trafficking Day Film Screening and Discussion II
21.10.2016
15:45

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EU Anti-Trafficking Day Film Screening and Discussion
18.10.2016
15:45

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The European Science and Fun Day
30.09.2016
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#BeActive Panel
28.09.2016
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Film Screening - "Age Of Stupid"
16.08.2016
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European Jazz - Flapper Swing Concert
12.08.2016
21:00

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Bike Tour in the Walled City of Nicosia
06.08.2016
18:00

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Enhance Your Skills, Increase Your Career Opportunities Workshop - Nicosia/Lefkoşa
29.07.2016
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Enhance Your Skills, Increase Your Career Opportunities Workshop - Pantageia/Yeşilyurt
27.07.2016
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Enhance Your Skills, Increase Your Career Opportunities Workshop - Kyrenia/Girne
26.07.2016
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Enhance Your Skills, Increase Your Career Opportunities Workshop - Galatia/Mehmetçik
22.07.2016
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Enhance Your Skills, Increase Your Career Opportunities Workshop - Famagusta/Mağusa
19.07.2016
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Instagram Competition Prize Ceremony
21.06.2016
16:00

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Film Screening: HOME
17.06.2016
20:00

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Composting Workshop
13.06.2016
16:00

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Construction Waste & Packaging Waste and Recycling Panel
09.06.2016
10:30

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Green Week 2016 Launch and Battery Collection Campaign
03.06.2016
19:00

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Children Rights Panel
27.11.2015
14:00

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European SME Week Innovative Enterprises Event
26.11.2015
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Veterinary Week Open Day Event
18.11.2015
09:30

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Photojournalism Workshop
06.11.2015
08:30

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Anti-Trafficking Panel
30.10.2015
10:45

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Road Safety Day Training Tour
21.10.2015
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Road Safety Day Training Tour
20.10.2015
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Road Safety Day Training Tour
15.10.2015
09:30

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Researchers Night Gala Event
29.09.2015
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Sustainable Transport and Mobility in the EU and TCc Panel
21.09.2015
10:30

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Mobility Week No Car Day Event
19.09.2015
10:00

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Youth Day - Debate on EU Youth Policies & Youth Issues
28.08.2015
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Youth Day - Information Session and Chat Cafe @ Narnia Pub
27.08.2015
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Harmonising Agricultural Competitiveness and Rural Development Panel
31.07.2015
11:00

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Rural Development Tour- Lefka/Lefke
30.07.2015
18:00

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Rural Development Tour- Morphou/Güzelyurt
29.07.2015
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Rural Development Tour- Kiados/Serdarlı
28.07.2015
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Rural Development Tour- Komi Kebir/Büyükkonuk
27.07.2015
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Environment Exhibition
30.06.2015
15:00

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Organic Agriculture and Biodiversity Panel
29.06.2015
17:00

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Green Week Fair
13.06.2015
16:00

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Nature and Biodiversity Panel
02.06.2015
10:30

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Gender Equality and Social Media
26.05.2015
15:00

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Children's Storytelling
23.05.2015
11:00

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Film Screening "Almanya"
20.05.2015
18:30

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Europe Day Event - Children's Art & Photo Competition Launch
13.05.2015
15:00

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EU Infopoint Opening!
30.04.2015
11:00

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Panel on Energy Efficiency
21.04.2015
15:00

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Children's Theatre
18.04.2015
11:00

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Walk for Water, Walk for Life event.
22.03.2015
09:00

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Women and Leadership Panel
19.03.2015
10:00

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