International Labour Organisation
- Ramin Keivani, Joe Tah, Esra Kurul and Henry Abanda
- total grant value: £5,000
- time duration: January - March 2007
This work was commissioned by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to examine the potential for creating green jobs through more investment in sustainable refurbishment in developing countries.
The work provided a state of art review on energy efficient sustainable refurbishment in developing countries. It utilised three case studies in Brazil, South Africa and the Netherlands to examine the social, economic and environmental effects of adopting sustainable refurbishment. As two of the most advanced developing countries in their own regions the former serve to illustrate the potential for sustainable refurbishment activities in developing countries while the latter served as exemplar particularly for institutional and policy development purposes.
The review showed that there are significant opportunities for creating new employment in developing countries as a result of adopting sustainable refurbishment. This can be through a range of activities from general refurbishment of residential stock to specialist work such as installation of photovoltaic (PV) equipment for heating, water pumps and insulation activities. Such an approach also provides the opportunity for skills development and training far beyond traditional building skills due to added requirement for sustainable retrofitting and systems installations.
In addition the report showed that in practice sustainable refurbishment provides major opportunities for meeting other aspects of social sustainability particularly community development and participation as well as contributing to the broader local and city/national economic development through local employment generation and multiplier effects on other sectors of the economy.
Nevertheless, there is a great deal of work that must be done for developing the institutional framework to facilitate sustainable refurbishment activity. The report concludes by providing a number of policy considerations that would facilitate the wider adoption and implementation of energy efficient sustainable refurbishment in developing countries as a whole.
- Major report for the ILO
- Presentation at ILO conference on green jobs for Asia and Pacific, Niigata Japan, 2008
- Presentation at the World Urban Forum, Nanjing China 2008
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