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Commentary: Good jobs in energy efficiency industries

first_imgCommentary: Good jobs in energy efficiency industries FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Columbia Missourian:Developing and installing the technology to reduce fossil fuel use — known in the industry as “energy efficiency” — creates many more jobs than fossil fuels.Energy efficiency jobs in the United States totaled 2.18 million in 2016, more than double the total of fossil fuel production and fossil-fuel based electricity generation combined.They’re growing at a much faster rate, too. From 2015 to 2016, there was 53 percent employment growth in advanced and recycled building materials, and 59 percent employment growth in Energy Star appliances. Compare that to just 9 percent growth in fossil fuel-based electricity generation.These energy efficiency jobs are much cheaper to create. According to an academic study, every $1 million invested in energy efficiency creates 12 jobs, compared to just 4 or 5 for fossil fuel jobs.These are good, well-paying jobs. For example, electricians have a median hourly pay of $26, and the corresponding numbers for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) workers and carpenters are $22.64 and $21.71, respectively. (Compare that to the median hourly pay for all U.S. workers, $18.12.)These jobs are more likely to be unionized, too. And they’re a great way to lift up people who’ve been left out of the fossil fuel economy.For example, Illinois has passed legislation requiring larger utilities to create renewable energy and energy efficiency job training programs, especially for people from economically disadvantaged communities — including youth of color, formerly incarcerated people, individuals who’ve been in the foster care system as children, and others.Oregon is another success story. Forty-seven percent of new jobs created through Oregon’s statewide residential energy efficiency program — and 55 percent of the hours worked — went to women and people of color. Median hourly wages for these jobs were 7 percent higher than the median hourly wage of $17.24 for all Oregon workers, and 81 percent of workers had health benefits.More: Want to create jobs? Reduce fossil fuel uselast_img read more

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The first phase of the project Tourist settlement “Uvala Livka, Island of Solta” is a strategic investment project of the Republic of Croatia

first_imgSource / photo: Government of the Republic of Croatia At today’s session, the Government of the Republic of Croatia, at the proposal of the Commission for Evaluation and Determination of Strategic Projects, made a decision to declare the first phase of the Tourist Resort “Livka Bay, Island of Solta” a strategic investment project of the Republic of Croatia. The value of the total costs of the implementation of the first phase of the Project estimated through tangible and intangible assets is HRK 508.899.597,00 and the investor is the company Azurna uvala doo The entire project, with a total estimated investment value of 1.075.750.000 kn, in its 2nd phase includes the planned construction of a hotel annex with 19 rooms, 10 bungalows / apartments, and a nautical tourism port – marina category 3 anchors, capacity 120 berths, with reception, coffee bar , restaurant and other facilities, and in the 3rd phase of the project it is planned to build accommodation and service facilities on the reserved part of the land of 85.600 m2. Considering the planned phases and dynamics of the implementation of the entire project, as well as the fact that part of the project is planned to be implemented on the maritime domain, for which it is necessary to conduct a concession procedure in accordance with the Law on Maritime Property and Seaports, the project is declared strategic only in part. which refers to the first phase of project implementation, the implementation of which plans to create 250 new jobs. The location of the project is Stomorska in the Municipality of Solta, and in the first phase the construction of an elite tourist resort is planned, which includes the construction of a 5-star hotel with a total capacity of about 100 rooms, SPA and wellness center, club house with restaurant, cafe, beach club hotels, as well as the construction of 29 villas and 23 bungalows that will be branded by the elite hotel operator.last_img read more

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