Wind energy

Project Stronger Workers Representation in the European Wind Energy Sector (SWREWES)

Project Background

The world energy consumption is unsustainable but yet growing. To guarantee that humanity will continue to live on a liveable planet, a massive shift towards carbon-free energy systems is necessary. Without energy production from renewable sources, the anticipated reduction of CO2 is improbable. Additionally, the growing concern in the industry for ecological issues and the necessity to create alternative energy supplies is based on business and ecological interests. In this context it is possible to speak of a “New Economy Boom” that is based on the dynamic and growing sector of regenerative energy.

The consequences of climate change, induced by greenhouse gas emissions, the resulting requirements for a sustainable energy and resource management find their impact in the European scientific, economic and political forums.

The European Commission has set the ecological targets with its “20-20-20 Initative”. First, greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by 20% compared to the 1990 levels. Second, the energy efficiency level should be increased by 20% and thirdly, the part of renewable energy in the European energy mix should be increased from 8% to 20%

The Project

The project “Stronger Workers Representation in the European Wind Energy Sector” (SWREWES) aims at the essential improvement of transnational exchange of information and experience of operational employees’ representation and trade unions in the sector of the European wind energy industry. This is considered a required precondition for the creation of new European works councils in this industry.

For more information please contact Ralf Götz.

21/03/2010

Stronger Worker Representation in the European Wind Energy Sector

EMF Conference on 22-23 March 2010

In the Auditorium, ITUH building, Brussels

The conference will serve as a starting point for an inter trade union debate on climate change and the role trade unions can play. We expect about 80 participants: trade union delegates with experience in organizing the sector, guests, academics and representatives of other European trade union federations and the European institutions.

Pictures from the conference available here.

Low-carbon jobs

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Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World, United Nations Environment Programme

Working for the Climate: Renewable Energy & The Green Job [R]evolution

'Working for the Climate: Renewable Energy & The Green Job [R]evolution' is based on Greenpeace's Energy [R]evolution report and research from the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the Sydney University of Technology.

The report shows that by 2020, 5 million people could work for the renewable power industry globally and more than eight hundred and twenty thousand in Europe.

Authors: Sven Teske, Alison Atherton, Ray Rutovitz, Rebecca Short

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