Assessing Green Jobs Potential in Developing Countries: A Practitioner's Guide

From Open Energy Information

This guidebook assists organizations in examining the links between environment and employment in developing countries, estimating “green” employment and designing integrated policies and programs to increase the number of “green” jobs - understood as those jobs in different sectors of the economy that reduce each sector's environmental impact.

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This tool is included in the Development Impacts Assessment (DIA) Toolkit from the LEDS Global Partnership.


Step-by-step guide for providing quantitative estimate of total environment-related employment or green employment and a way of understanding how that employment may be increased through attention to environmental, social and employment policies.

When to Use This Tool

This tool is most useful for development impacts assessments focused on:

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Learn more about the topics for assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies (LEDS).

Key Outputs
  1. A quantitative estimate of total environment related employment;
  2. a quantitative estimate of number of core environment-related jobs sustained by economic activities;
  3. a map of the quality of that core environment related employment;
  4. a quantitative estimate of indirect/induced jobs sustained by these core environmental sectors and green activities; and,
  5. a modeling tool that can aid policy making by showing employment impacts of alternative what if scenarios and strategies.

How to Use This Tool

Training Available
Guidebook offers basic instructions; knowledge of econometric techniques recommended

Level of Expertise

Key Inputs

National statistical accounts; national labor force surveys; market studies and market data; statements on public policy and strategy and investment; research reports on environmental, employment and social issues; and national input-output tables or social accounting matrices.

Case Studies

Examples of how Assessing Green Jobs Potential in Developing Countries: A Practitioner's Guide has helped people assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies in countries and regions:

ILO has case studies available here: