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GERMANY SAYS MORE GREEN JOBS CAN HELP FIGHT RECESSION

"GERMANY SAYS MORE GREEN JOBS CAN HELP FIGHT RECESSIONGermany expects the creation of thousands of new jobs in its renewable
energy sector.Boosting investment in the renewable energy sector and raising state
spending on environmental protection could help Europe's largest economy
shake off the recession, the German government said on Tuesday.Speaking at a press conference in Berlin on Tuesday, Feb 24, Germany's
Deputy Environment Minister Astrid Klug said hundreds of thousands of new
jobs could be created in environment-related industries in Germany over the
next decade.""We need more climate protection, now more than ever, in this current
situation,"" Klug said. ""Investments in climate protection can help us get
out of this crisis faster,"" she said at the conference called to present a
government report on the job prospects of climate protection.Klug said climate change and energy policy were directly related to
technical development and economic growth.Climate protection as a ""job motor""""The renewable energy sector is in the midst of a highly dynamic
development. We want to maintain our world leadership in technology,"" Klug
said. ""Climate protection is a real job motor for Germany.""The minister said there were currently 250,000 jobs in Germany's renewable
energy sector, but that this number could triple by 2020, and hit 900,000
by 2030.A total of 1.8 million people currently work in environmental protection,
accounting for 4.5 percent of Germany's workforce.Wind mills are silhouetted against a bright orange sky Bildunterschrift:
Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Germany has made strides
in wind energy in recent years with a slew of investments in offshore
projectsGermany is in the grip of its worst recession in decades as the global
downturn batters exports, decimates companies' profits and raises the
specter of large-scale job losses.The government report, published on the environment ministry's Web site,
said Germany would allocate 5.5 billion euros ($7.05 billion) for
environmental protection in 2009. Around 4 billion euros from that budget
is to be used to refurbish and better insulate apartments, schools and
kindergartens.A portion of the government's recently-passed 50-billion-euro economic
stimulus package has also been set aside for energy efficiency projects.Maintaining the leadThe government report said that both city dwellers and rural communities
stood to benefit from stepped-up environmental policy.The German government has set itself the target of cutting carbon dioxide
emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020.The renewable energy sector, meanwhile, has the stated aim of tripling its
contributions to national energy generation by 2020. As of 2008, the sector
accounted for 15.1 percent of power generation.Klug warned that Germany could not afford to lose its lead in renewable
energy and said that many of the ambitious policies were aimed at remaining
ahead of countries like the US.""We're to stay ahead of the pack,"" she said.To view the original article please click hereTo view the very latest solar jobs and renewable energy jobs please click
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