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Green skills

In essence, green skills are about both (i) technical knowledge and skills that enable professionals to effectively use green technologies and processes (i.e. resource efficient technologies or processes that reduce waste and minimise the environmental impact of human action); and (ii) transversal skills, as well as knowledge, values and attitudes that help them take pro-environmental decisions in their work and lives. These overall green skills are already being introduced in training systems globally.

(Skills for the green economy)

Knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live, work and act in economies and societies seeking to reduce the impact of human activity on the environment.


Skills for the green economy consist of:

  • transversal skills, linked to sustainable thinking and acting, relevant to all economic sectors and occupations;
  • specific skills, required to adapt or implement standards, processes and services to protect ecosystems and biodiversity, and to reduce energy, materials and water consumption;
  • highly specialised skills, required to develop and implement green technologies such as renewable energies, sewage treatment or recycling;
Skills for the green economy are also referred to as skills for green jobs, skills for the green transition or green skills.

Cedefop, Glossary. Terminology of European education and training policy, (accessed 03/2023)

Technical skills, knowledge, values and attitudes needed in the workforce to develop and support sustainable social, economic and environmental outcomes in business, industry and the community.

NCVER (Australia), VOCEDplus: Glossary of VET, (accessed 12/2022)

Abilities needed to live in, develop and support a society which aims to reduce the negative impact of human activity on the environment.

Cedefop, Terminology of European education and training policy. 2nd edition. A selection of 130 key terms, 2014

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