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BY CHRISTINE CHMURA Special correspondent

As the sense of urgency to combat climate change increases around the world, efforts are being made to change the way companies produce goods and services.

This has created the so-called “green economy”.

This movement has created a greater need for skills related to greening the economy. Similar to high-tech jobs or jobs in science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – there is no standard definition of “green jobs”.

Green jobs were initially defined by the federal government on the basis of an industry approach. These were all jobs in companies that produced green goods and services or used environmentally friendly production processes.

Examples are workplaces in companies that have built and installed solar panels or scrubbers to reduce air pollution.

More recently, analysts and the Bureau of Labor Statistics have used a concept called “greening the world of work” to define green jobs. In this case, the definition is based on the profession rather than the industry and takes into account how the developing green economy affects or redefines the duties and responsibilities of different professions.

For example, bus drivers have been classified as a green profession due to the expected increased demand from local public transport to reduce fossil fuel emissions.

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