- Date submitted: 31 Oct 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
- Name: WPC Greenskills
- Submission Document: Not available
Full Submission1. National commitments should be presented and compared graphically. My country, Australia, has set up a Department of State with outcomes under four headings or programmes:
See slide 4 of my attached presentation to the 2011 Low Carbon Earth Summit in Dalian, China
2. Clear and well-organized presentations only point to, but do not necessarily describe lasting outcomes. For example, after two years of the present minority Government finally introducing the Carbon Price legislation (passed the first of two Houses of Parliament in October 2011) , the outcome is threatened with immediate repeal when the Opposition party gains Government in the next two years.
3. Encouraging energy efficiencies in industries and trades is especially important in the majority of countries whose alternatives to fossil fuel energy sources are generally well below 10% of total energy (see slide 3).
4. Every job is capable of contributing to sustainability, of becoming a green job. Most young people in Australia ?Would prefer to work for an employer who practices environmental sustainability ? (see slide 12) however knowledge across industries and trades of general sustainability measures in the workplace (slide 13) is not matched by industry-and trade specific training in sustainability best practice.
5. In Australia 11 Skills Councils (slide 14) have received directions and resources from Governments to redevelop, in collaboration with industries and trades themselves, skill training curriculums incorporating sustainability practices but progress is very slow.
6. Securing political commitment to sustainable development (the aim of the 2012 Rio de Janeiro Conference) should include presence or absence of commitments under predefined headings (similar to Australia?s quadrilateral of energy efficiency, carbon price, Renewable energy and land sector conservation) as well as commitments to monitor and exchange progress information under each heading and identifying forces militating against sustaining sustainability outcomes.