Green Jobs – An Opportunity for 4000 Jobs in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to be Opened Each Year

Dec 14, 2016

“Green Jobs” Study by UNDP and GED Project Partners Presented

A “Green Jobs” study published as a part of the Green Economic Development – GED Project, implemented by UNDP with the support of Government of Sweden and in cooperation with the project partners: BiH Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, FBiH Environmental Protection Fund, RS Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, RS Ministry for Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology, FBiH Ministry of Environment and Tourism and FBiH Ministry of Physical Planning, was promoted today in Sarajevo, in hotel Europe.

The term “green jobs” denotes employment opportunities in the areas related to environmental protection. “Green jobs” are particularly suited to the construction sector as the usual structure of energy consumption is such that the buildings actually consume the most of the energy, and as such are subject to energy performance improvements. Wasteful consumption of energy for heating, cooling and lighting is typical for almost all types of the existing residential and public buildings in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“We should have in mind that the energy efficiency refers to more than savings in energy or the change of fuels used. Each convertible mark invested will have a multiple return in terms of opening of a large number of new jobs” – as was adamantly stated by Sukhrob Khoshmukhamedov, United Nations Development Programme Deputy Resident Representative to BiH. “This primarily refers to less employable population categories and those in the areas and regions with high unemployment rates”, he pointed.

Mirko Sarovic, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina said that this is currently, one of the most important projects in BiH. “These are the first and I would say true steps towards the development of a sustainable system“, he said. Anders Hagelberg, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to BiH agreed, adding: “The core results and findings of the ‘Green Jobs’ study are indicating that the 1 million of euros invested into improvements of the energy efficiency of buildings and facilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina opens potential to create almost 100 new jobs.”

The key piece of information from this study, used to compare the investments and effects in different industries is the number of jobs per million of euros (€) invested into energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) measures.

If all the construction related measures envisaged under the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) for the period 2010-2018, were to be implemented, the yearly employment potential – primarily in the construction sector in BiH, would come close to 4,000 jobs.

Through the works done on 46 builidings till 2016, the CO2 emmission was reduced by 4000 tons a year, annual budget savings of more than 1,000,000 BAM were made and 322 jobs or the equivalent of about 200,000,000 BAM  in wages for local labour force were created. The GED project is being implemented since 2014 and its total value so far amounts to more than 23 million BAM.

The “Green Jobs” study was implemented based on the data on 34 buildings where the energy efficiency measures were implemented as part of the GED project, as was stated during today’s press conference. The purpose of this study was to analyse and present the effects of the investments into energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) measures on direct employment in BiH. Direct employment refers to employment generated as a result of the increase in demand for goods and services directly related to the implementation of EERE measures.