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  • 1. Born green, think green, live green and die green
    • Green Careers, what next for graduates?
  • Dave Kilmartin, Marie Gonnelly
  • Dublin Institute of Technology


  • Overview
  • Green Economy / Green Job
  • Ireland
  • Overview of sectors
  • Direct and Indirect opportunities
  • Going Forward
  • Q&A

3. Values Interests Personality Skills External influences Know whats out there Take stock Get there Make a choice Know yourself Employment Further Study Year out Entrepreneurship Job Hunt Application process Organise year out Start business Internship/grad prog Reflection on journey to date Occupational profiles Labour market information Information Interview Work experience Job shadowing 4. ? 5. What Is the Green Economy? 2009 Transition Dynamics Enterprises, Inc. Used with permission. economic activity that improves the environment in some way encompasses the wide range of goods and services that fall within the scope of environmental and natural-resource use, management and protection 6. Green Industries and Sectors (c) 2009 Transition Dynamics Enterprises, Inc. Used with permission 2009 Transition Dynamics Enterprises, Inc. Used with permission. 7. What Are Green Jobs?

  • G reen jobs are those that improve the environment in some way.
  • Some will have aDIRECTimpact
  • Others will have anINDIRECTimpact

2009 Transition Dynamics Enterprises, Inc. Used with permission. 8. Green Jobs Can Be Found In:

  • Start ups
  • Private companies
  • Large cap companies
  • All levels of government
  • Non profits
  • Educational institutions
  • NGO Non-governmental organizations

2009 Transition Dynamics Enterprises, Inc. Used with permission. 9. United Nations Environment Program

  • green-collar jobis (one) in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), administrative, and service activities that contribute(s) substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality. this includes jobs that help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity; reduce energy, materials, and water consumption through high efficiency strategies; de-carbonize the economy; and minimize or altogether avoid generation of all forms of waste and pollution."

10. What is a green job?

  • Difficulty with predicting numbers and growth due to definition of green career
  • Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Design & Engineering, Energy Efficiency
  • Governmental
  • Conservation
  • Non-profits
  • Functional Areas
  • Installation
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Engineering
  • Finance / Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Energy Auditing

11. Green job titles

  • Agricultural Inspector Architect (Environmental /Sustainable Design) Bicycle / Scooter Developers and Technicians Biologist (Conservation) Building Operations Management Business Manager Car Manufacturing (Green) Chemist (Environmental) Climate Risk Analyst Climatologist/Environmental Meteorologist Community Affairs Manager Complementary Health and Medical Care


  • Construction (Energy Efficiency - Green Building) CSR Professional Ecologist Economists (Environmental) Educators (Ecological) Emissions Manager Emissions Trader Energy Manager (Renewable) Engineers (Environmental / Pollution Control) Engineers and Developers (Sustainable Energy) Engineer/Biologist (Renewable Fuels/ Bio-Mimicry) Entrepreneur (Green) Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Technicians


  • Fashion Designer (Green) Financial analyst/adviser specializing in socially responsible investing Food Scientist Forester Fund-Raising Director Furniture Builder (Eco-friendly) Green Travel and Hospitality Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic and installer Hydrologist / Environmental scientist Industrial Designer (Sustainable) Interface Designers Interior Designer (Green) Wind Energy Developers and Construction Professionals


  • IT Specialists (Green Software and Hardware Developers) Landscape Architect (Green) Lawyer (Environmental) Lobbyist Organic Food and Farming Production Specialists Pollution Control Technician Protection Technician Scientist (Environmental) Solar Installation Sustainability Specialists Toxicologist Urban Gardeners Waste Management

15. Developing the Green Economy in Ireland 2009

  • Existing strength in environmental good and services sector (waste management , waster treatment, recycling, environmental consultancy)
  • 6,500 people in direct green employment(Forfs /InterTrade Ireland (2008)
  • US bulk of current US green employment is in conservation and pollution mitigation, prediction for jobs in environmentally friendly production, clean energy and energy efficiency to grow
  • Ireland has range of sectors developing products, services and processes, and these were identified for export and employment potential
  • Renewable energy
  • Efficient Energy Use and Management
  • Waster Management , Recover and Recycling
  • Water and Waste Treatment


  • The environmental goods and services industry consists of activities which produce goods and services to measure, prevent, limit, minimise or correct environmental damage to water, air and soil, as well as problems related to waste, noise and eco systems. This includes cleaner technologies, products and services that reduce environmental risk and minimise pollution and resource use.(OECD/Eurostat agreed definition)

17. Inevitable change

  • Fossil renewable sources
  • Greater efficiency, conservation and management
  • Reduce pollution

18. Renewables

  • Products, systems and services for the generation and collection of energy from renewable sources
  • Sources include biomass/ bio fuels, solar, photovoltaic, wind, hydro, tidal and geothermal sources
  • Opportunities in manufacture of equipment and design, construction, installation, management and operation of renewable energy facilities

19. Wind

  • 124 wind farms on-line and operational, in 23 counties on the island of Ireland (SourceIWEA)
  • IWEA predict that 16,000 new jobs could be created with the explosion of wind industry investment in the process of delivering on Ireland's 40% electricity from renewable target by 2020
  • Opportunities
  • electrical and mechanical engineers to oversee the operation of the turbines and the internal electrical systems
  • Wind Resource Analyst/Wind Farm technician/ Turbine Manufacturing
  • Computational analysts (IT /Maths/Physicists) to assess the projected generation output systems
  • Administrative and clerical, PR, community liaison, environmental impact, finance, business
  • Use technology-driven companies to provide more efficient and innovative mechanical and software based components for wind turbine design and manufacture( ICT graduates )
  • Companies installing, maintaining small scale turbines and providing consultancy engineering services for the design, installation and management of wind farms

20. Marine (Wave and Tidal)

  • Ireland is one of the most favourable locations in the world for wave energy
  • Expertise developing in areas of turbine design, wave tank model testing and wave energy modelling
  • Marine Institute & Sustainable Energy Ireland study in 2005 calculated that 1,900 jobs could be created by 2020 if Ireland continued to invest in marine energy technology
  • Early stages of development

21. Bioenergy (biofuels and biomass)

  • Energy which is derived from renewable organic material otherwise known as biomass
  • Industry is developing rapidly and opportunities exist for companies across the sector
  • Companies process raw biomass material (e.g. municipal/commercial waste, agricultural waste, dedicated energy crops, food crops, wood waste, human/animal waste, wastewater sludge, etc.), and convert into a fuel (e.g. wood pellets, refuse derived fuel, biogas, biodiesel and bioethanol) or energy (heat, power)
  • Opportunities to develop/ supply technologiesand equipment used for processing biomass into fuel or energy (e.g. biomass boiler,
  • anaerobic digestion systems, gasification units, etc.)

22. Microrenewables

  • Domestic scale devices which generate energy from renewable sources e.g.
  • Roof-mounted wind turbines
  • Roof mounted solar technologies
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Biofuels
  • E.g.
  • Domestic biomass burners Solar Water, PV, Micro-wind, Heat Pumps, Fuel cells, Electrolysers, Grid Tie, Inverter Systems, Energy Storage ,Energy control systems
  • Opportunities for graduates with Design and installation experie

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