“The 2030 Countdown”: High-level conference on the job potential and employment implications of this decade’s green transition

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By State of Green, December 02, 2020

On 18 December, the Danish Society of Engineers (IDA), the Danish green think tank CONCITO and State of Green join forces around a virtual conference that puts focus on the green transition, green growth and future job creation. The event, which is opened by HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, will gather both private sector VIPs, high-level trade union representatives as well as members of the European Parliament.

With ambitious climate goals dated for 2030, Europe is facing a major green transition over the next 10 years. A transition that will create both growth and employment but which will also impact jobs and the livelihoods of the people working in the carbon-intensive industries set to transform from black to green.

Therefore, both Denmark and the EU stress that the green transition must be a so-called “just transition” – a fair and socially respectful transition towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient and regenerative economy, where nobody is left behind.

Denmark has been through major transitions of the labour force before – can the Danish model support a transition that also ensures the right competencies and qualifications towards 2030?

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Dedicated international session in English

The virtual event, “The 2030 countdown: Securing jobs, growth and people in a green new era”, will take place on 18 December at 9:30 – 14:30 CET. The event will consist of three sessions. Session 1 and 3 are held in Danish; session 2 from 10:45 – 12:30 is held in English.

Confirmed speakers in the international section include:

  • Ludovic Voet, Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
  • Danish Members of the European Parliament: Linea Søgaard-Lidell, Kira Marie Peter-Hansen and Pernille Weiss
  • Jens Birgersson, CEO, ROCKWOOL International
  • Henrik Andersen, CEO, Vestas
  • Catharina Sørensen, Acting Director, Think Tank Europe (moderator)

-Related news: Billion-kroner investment in Danish offshore wind port may create 2,000 new jobs

Registration and programme


“Jobs will be lost and new jobs will arise, and it will be crucial to handle the transition by focusing strongly on building the green competencies of the future, and making sure nobody is left behind.”
– Christian Ibsen, Executive Director, CONCITO

“No jobs on a dead planet”

“The task is given. In order to combat climate change, we need to transition our societies to a new green future in accordance with the Paris Agreement. This transition to a net-zero-emission society within few decades will effect both industry and employees. It will create a demand for new competences and skills and calls for a profound transition of the labour market. Jobs will be lost and new jobs will arise, and it will be crucial to handle the transition by focusing strongly on building the green competencies of the future, and making sure nobody is left behind,” said Christian Ibsen, Executive Director, CONCITO.

-Related news: The green transition could create thousands of new jobs over the coming decades

“There are no jobs on a dead planet, the European Labour Union, ETUC, stated. And we could not agree more. Luckily, green transition and creating jobs are not opposites—actually they need each other. Fortunately, Denmark already has the answers to many green solutions, because we over the years have accumulated special skills and knowledge in the field of energy and climate. We have a huge potential to be international green front runners and create new jobs,” said Thomas Damkjær Petersen, President of The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA).

“We look forward to welcoming participants to a dialogue on how the green transition can create growth and jobs and how we ensure that we have the necessary workforce in 2030 in a green and digital future,” said Finn Mortensen, Executive Director, State of Green.

-Related news: High growth in renewable energy jobs worldwide

Registration and programme

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