BWI wants decent jobs in shift to a green future 

BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson on 7 April joined a debate on green buildings and decent jobs organised by C40, a network of the world’s megacities working on climate change, and Bloxhub, a Nordic hub for sustainable urbanization. 

Titled “Green buildings – green jobs: How the world’s cities will build back better and greener,” the event discussed ways on how to promote the sustainable and healthy buildings agenda. 

Yuson highlighted the crucial role of buildings and workers in ensuring a green and just COVID-19 recovery in the world’s mega cities. He reminded his co-panelists that while the employment opportunities of a green and just recovery present a great outlook for the sector, ensuring that the jobs generated are safe, secured and skilled is important.

The panel discussed how buildings typically represent the biggest source of emissions in C40 cities. At the same time, it talked through a recent C40 research which showed that a green and just recovery could create over 50 million sustainable jobs by 2025 in C40 cities. This is said to be possible by focusing on building retrofits and new energy-efficient construction, which are the most significant job-creating areas cities can invest in. The jobs would be local, and they could be created almost immediately due to the scale of action and size of the building stock.

To ensure that decent jobs are part of the green shift, BWI is currently in discussions with C40 to formalise a cooperation towards a just and green transition, and support the Clean Construction Declaration.