Green collar jobs take off in Singapore

Singapore -  ‘Green collar’ jobs are expected to provide some 18,000 jobs by 2015, according to latest figures by the Economic Development Board (EDB).

The clean technology industry, or ‘cleantech’, refers to green technologies such as solar or wind power which seek to minimise their environmental impact. Currently, the industry provides jobs for 8,000 workers now with companies such as Vestas, Alpha Biofuels and Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (Seris) setting up businesses here.

Speaking with local media, EDB’s director of cleantech, Goh Chee Kion, said that out of these 18,000 jobs, 3,000 will come from research and development. The rest of the jobs will comprise of manufacturing to skilled engineering positions, project managers and finance professionals.

“There is a distinct trend that we are hearing and sensing from younger Singaporeans - that many of them would like to work in industries related to sustainability and climate change, and such a growing green collar workforce would fulfil that aspiration,” said Mr Goh.

Apart from its contribution to Singapore’s gross domestic product, advances in clean technology will also help Singapore to be more competitive by enabling the economy to be more efficient, cutting down waste and helping business and individuals reduce cost.

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