Are Green Jobs Real Jobs? The Case of Italy.

Luciano Lavecchia and Carlo Stagnaro, May 2010
The European Union has committed itself to increase the share of renewable energy up to 20% of the final consumption by 2020, from 9.2% in 2006 (EC 2009). The same political wave is mounting in several other countries, most notably the United States. The feeling that renewable energy sources (RES) should cover a higher share of energy production relies on two major arguments: (a) it is assumed that reliance on fossil fuels should be reduced, both for the sake of energy security and for climate-related reasons; and (b) investing in RES will spur economic growth and, in the post-recession world, will enhance economic recovery.
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