Green Jobs: India’s net-zero goal will need 50 million green jobs. Here’s how it is raising the skills game.

An employee connects solar cells at the Vikram Solar manufacturing plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on October 13, 2021.


India, which ranks third globally in carbon emissions, has to expedite its transition to a green economy. By 2070, 50 million green-sector jobs will be created as India aims for a net-zero target. What are the areas that will account for a chunk of this workforce, and what needs to be done to skill it for this goal?

The third-floor office of Skills Council For Green Jobs (SCGJ) at the heart of New Delhi’s diplomatic enclave in Chanakyapuri has a deceptively sleepy look, akin to a government department. Around two dozen employees, sitting behind computer terminals, work out of this 1,500 sq ft office. Small as the workforce may be, it has a humongous task at hand: to map, measure, and certify India’s efforts to skill, reskill, and upskill a workforce for the

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