German eco-employment on the rise

Green jobs now 3.6% of the workforce says environment agency; doubling expected by 2005

About 1.3m Germans now have environment-related jobs, amounting to 3.6% of the entire workforce, the country's environment agency reported yesterday. The agency predicts that the figure - which is based on 1998 data - will double by 2005.

Environment minister Jürgen Trittin leapt on the figures as proof of his government's contention that ambitious environmental policies - and particularly climate policies - also benefit the economy. Another report published earlier this year came to the same conclusion (EED 12/03/01).

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