101 Green Business Ideas

Climate change will have profound implications in the labour market of the future. It will bring about structural economic changes as low-carbon policies become a significant driver changing local and EU employment structures. Globally, governments have endorsed a universal shift to a "green economy," which would amount to a transformation of traditional consumption and production practices. While corporate and government accounting will likely reflect environmental profit and loss within a decade following agreements reached at the Rio+20 summit the green economy is not a big bang, it's a transition.

Nevertheless, concepts like regional energy self-sustainability will become more commonplace and will impact on local economies affecting how and which goods are produced, imported and exported, while also affecting the demand for goods and services by impacting the behaviour of consumers.

Global warming continues to advance and The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that most of the observed temperature increase since the middle of the 20th century was caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases resulting from human activity. There is little argument that the future for Europe must be green and sustainable and that a shift towards a competitive low-carbon, knowledge-based economy has become a pressing priority requiring immediate action.

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