More Asian youth opt for a career in the green economy

Updated: Apr 29

ASIA-PACIFIC: Three out of four young people in the region aspire to get a green job within the next decade.

Accenture’s Youthquake Meets Green Economy report indicates that young people surveyed in the Asia-Pacific region outpace the same demographics in other regions in terms of their interest in careers and organisations that are environmentally sustainable. More than half (54%) believe they will be hired within the next five years.

“There is every indication that the region’s youth are especially enthusiastic about making a positive environmental impact and working for organisations that demonstrate a real commitment to sustainability," Gianfranco Casati, CEO for Growth Markets at Accenture, said.

"The challenge is now for companies to move quickly enough to appeal to this talent and design jobs that allow youth to make a lasting difference,”

Accenture’s modelling of job creation predicts that the number of green jobs in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, and Japan will grow by 62%, reaching 32.6 million by 2030. Over 12 million jobs will be seen in transportation, and almost 10 million more jobs will come from increasing the supply of low-carbon electricity, such as through renewable energy formats.

The study, conducted in 18 countries (Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, UK, US, and Vietnam), surveyed 29,500 individuals aged between 15 and 39 years old. It aimed to reveal the aspirations of young people, where the opportunities lie for green job creation, and how companies are attracting young people into the green economy of the future.

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