Green jobs and skills: Paving the way to a more sustainable future


The sustainability sector in the Asia-Pacific region is on the rise, in line with economy-wide efforts to meet collective global climate goals.

For Mr. Steven Toh, sustainability is a way of life.

At home, he uses solar power and energy-efficient appliances. At work, the 46-year-old Assistant Facilities/Energy Manager implements energy management technologies and refines systems to improve sustainable outcomes at 3M’s Tuas factory in Singapore.

His greatest job satisfaction, he said, comes from successfully implementing sustainability projects that benefit plant operations in terms of water and energy efficiency.

“My interest in sustainability has been cultivated over years of experience and learning,” he shared.

Mr. Toh’s experience is a reflection of how the green movement has gained traction at the individual level and beyond. According to LinkedIn Global Green Skills Report, some of the green skills most sought after by businesses in Singapore include those related to sustainability; Environment, Health and Safety; renewable energy; sustainable design; and corporate social responsibility.

Green skills are necessary for the success of the green transition in the region, said Ms. Chua Pei Ying, LinkedIn’s chief economist for Asia-Pacific (APAC). “While our data shows that only around 1% of roles are currently green in nature, over 40% of roles have the potential to be revamped. Embedding green skills in more of these roles is critical to accelerating the green shift across the APAC region. »

Ms. Chua added that as organizations begin to integrate sustainability practices into their business models, they should also invest in the green development of their employees. “Workers in positions traditionally considered ungreen – such as business strategists and IT managers – can be trained in green skills and thereby effectively contribute to companies’ sustainability practices.”

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