Following the opening, the Green Employment Advisory Council brought together representatives of various government agencies, the employer sector, trade unions, academia, and different sectoral chambers in an expanded tripartite forum to discuss and agree on actions to promote green jobs.
In this context, the Secretary of Labour, Leonardo Di Pietro indicated that there are around 790,000 green jobs registered in the country. Victoria Castillo, a member of the Under-Secretariat of Planning, Studies and Statistics of the Ministry of Labour presented the results of the green jobs report in Argentina and the methodology.
Of the 956 branches of economic activities classified, 73 are totally green, such as bicycle manufacturing, non-traditional energy generation (solar, wind), rail and passenger transport, excluding air transport, among others. Then, there are 47 branches that are partially green (such as the sanitation and waste sector, experimental research and development or machinery manufacturing). In addition, they found 4 797 firms in non-green sectors with environmental certifications.
In 2022, there were 778 900 registered green jobs, representing 12 per cent of total employment in Argentina. Green employment grew by four per cent between 2021 and 2022, one percentage point less than total employment. Only 16 per cent of green jobs are held by women, the rest by men. However, women’s green employment grew much more, Castillo said.
In terms of age, the distribution of employment in general is replicated: “More than half of green employment is concentrated in workers between 25 and 35 years of age, and people between 18 and 24 years of age account for the dynamism, because this segment grew by 18 per cent,” she explained.