Slovenia Sets An Example by Offering Incentives For Green Jobs
Slovenia has set yet another shining example in the region when it comes to sustainable development efforts, offering EUR 1.5 million in subsidies to employers who hire people in green jobs. The funding is provided by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning from its climate change fund.
Eligible employers in Slovenia will receive financial subsidies of EUR 340 per month for a period of two years for hiring an unemployed person in a full-time green job, which amounts to a total of EUR 8,160 per employee. Depending on the number of new employees in green jobs, an employer will be able to receive two to ten subsidies.
With these incentives, the ministry seeks to contribute to the greening of the Slovenian economy, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and stepping up efforts to use energy and resources more efficiently.
Green jobs, such as recycling workers, solar panel installers, environmental consultants, or green building designers, are an important aspect of sustainable development, as they can help achieve climate change goals, conserve nature and environment, and increase human potential in the transition to a low-carbon society. Among other criteria, the public call takes into account what is described as “shades of green.” For example, less green jobs include construction technicians and hotel managers, while more green includes foresters and waste sorters.
The employer will be able to demonstrate an additional contribution with the obtained standards and certificates (ISO 14001, EMAS, and others), and the criteria will also include the employer’s products and services and workplace activities that are in line with climate and environmental goals, according to the ministry.