Cedefop Director James Calleja and OECD’s Deputy Secretary-General Rintaro Tamaki point out that ‘policy-makers today are concerned with how to help their economies to move away from a low-level approach (low job quality, low environment protection, low skills), towards high skills, high productivity, and sustainable economies.’
They add: ‘We see the green economy not only as a challenge but also as a great opportunity. However, we must be well prepared to take full advantage of green growth opportunities.’
In their joint publication foreword, the two officials stress that ‘when the future of mankind is at stake, the need for proactive and strategic integration, combining employment with climate and energy polices and R&D measures, seems a relatively small but imperative task.’ And they conclude by calling on those reading the report ‘to join forces for green and inclusive growth.’
The report originates from the second green skills forum jointly organised by Cedefop and the Cooperative Action programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) of the OECD in Paris in February 2014. The forum brought together academics, policy-makers and international organisations to discuss the challenges of greening the economy and their implications, with special focus on the links between skills and knowledge needs and inclusive green growth.