The green sector creates opportunities for the economy

The green sector creates opportunities for the economy

Employment in the environmental sector has increased. Figures from Centraal Bureau voor Statistiek (CBS) show that employment rose by nearly 14% between 2001 and 2015 in the sector.

The data are published in the web publication ‘Green Growth’ of Statistics Netherlands. This is the image of the greening of the Dutch economy,


Working green
The increase in employment in the environmental sector is remarkable because total employment declined after 2008. The environment sector includes companies and organizations that produce goods and services in the field of environmental protection and raw material management.

Employment in energy saving activities and renewable energy production in particular rose sharply. Of these, solar and wind energy generate the most employment with 13,000 full-time jobs in 2015.

With employment, the added value of the environmental sector also increased. The share of gross domestic product (GDP) rose from 1.9% in 2001 to 2.5% in 2015. In absolute terms, this is an increase from € 9.1 billion in 2001 to € 16.7 billion in 2015.

In comparison with other OECD countries, the Netherlands scores on average. The list is headed by Estonia, where the environmental sector contributes 4.1% to GDP.


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