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Low-carbon energy policy creates millions of new jobs

Low-carbon energy policy creates millions of new jobs(Via China View)COPENHAGEN - Low-carbon energy sources such as wind and sea wave power

would create millions of sustainable new jobs in the United States alone,

according to a report released by the Copenhagen Climate Council on Monday.The report, Green Jobs and Clean Energy Economy, authored by Daniel Kammen

and Ditlev Engel, shows that appropriate policy framework and large-scale

strategic investment in clean energy technologies will both spur greater

employment and pay dividends for the planet."This report dramatically illustrates the growth and real employment power

of green energy jobs not just in the future, but today. Who would not want

to replace foreign debt for energy for investing in a trained and

innovative workforce?" Kammen said.The report concludes that a combination of policy scenarios which involve

renewable energy investment and energy efficiency measures can generate two

to eight times more jobs per unit of energy than the fossil fuel-based

sector.In the United States alone, a national Renewable Portfolio Standard of 25

percent in 2025 coupled with a 0.5 percent annual electricity growth rate

would generate more than 2 million jobs, and further increasing low-carbon

sources by around 50 percent would generate more than 3 million jobs.This would result in a massive 90 percent of U.S. electricity supply coming

from renew-able or low-carbon sources, says the report.The report focused on a case study of Vestas, the Danish wind power giant.Ditlev Engel, CEO of Vestas, explains: "This report shows once again that

the wind energy industry provides jobs on a massive scale and engenders

economic development. The recipe for growth and sustainability is very

simple: long-term commitments for greenhouse gas emission reductions plus

investment in power generation infrastructure.""This will drive the market on a sustainable business platform; at Vestas

we call that simply Modern Energy," he adds.In 2005, Vestas employed 10,000 people worldwide. Today, the number has

risen to nearly 20,000 in 62 countries.For the very latest green jobs in renewable energy in China and globally

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