European Commission DG Environment reports that during the period 2000-2010, despite the economic turmoil, Europe's green industries continued to flourish, growing by 50 % – giving an average annual growth of 7 %. European firms now claim around one-third of the global market for environmental protection solutions. With the global market for clean technologies forecast to double by 2020, keeping that share will mean many new jobs.

According to 2013 figures, Europe’s environmental economy or ‘eco-industry’ companies employ over 4.2 million people, with a turnover of more than EUR 700 billion. Despite huge progress made across Europe in green technology and jobs, significant disparities still exist between Member States. In 2014, Danish businesses employed almost 300 000 people in green jobs, representing 11 % of the total workforce.

It is also interesting to note that, every time Europe's resource use falls by 1 %, it is worth around EUR 23 billion to business and could lead to 100 000-200 000 new jobs. We can realistically reduce the resources used in the EU economy by around a sixth, boosting GDP by up to 3.3 % and creating 1.4 and 2.8 million new jobs.

More information on the European Commission's webpage.