Green jobs and skills: Paving the way towards a more sustainable future

The sustainability sector in the Asia Pacific region is on the rise, in line with whole-of-economy efforts to meet collective global climate targets.

For Mr Steven Toh, sustainability is a way of life.

At home, he uses solar energy and energy-efficient appliances. At work, the 46-year-old assistant facility / energy manager implements energy management technologies and finetunes systems to improve sustainable outcomes at 3M Singapore’s Tuas plant.

His greatest satisfaction at work, he said, comes from successfully implementing sustainability projects that benefit the plant’s operations in terms of water and energy efficiency.

“My interest in sustainability was cultivated through years of experience and learning,” he shared.

Mr Toh’s experience is a reflection of how the green movement has gained traction on an individual level, and beyond. According to LinkedIn’s Global Green Skills Report, some of the most popular green skills sought after by companies in Singapore include those related to sustainability; environment, health and safety; renewable energy; sustainable design; and corporate social responsibility.

Green skills are necessary for the success of the green transition in the region, said Ms Chua Pei Ying, LinkedIn’s Asian Pacific (APAC) lead economist. “While our data shows that only about 1 per cent of roles are currently green in nature, over 40 per cent of roles have the potential to be revamped. It is critical to incorporate green skills into more of these roles in order to accelerate the green shift across APAC. ”

Ms Chua added that as organizations begin to incorporate sustainability practices into their business models, they should also invest in green upskilling for their employees. “Workers in roles traditionally once thought to be non-green – like business strategists and IT managers – can be trained in green skills and thus effectively contribute to businesses’ sustainability practices.”

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