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Net zero could lead to 15 million new jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean

This report from the International Labour Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank examines the implications of net zero emissions policies for employment patterns in Latin America and the Caribbean. TABLE readers may be particularly interested in the report’s comments on jobs in agriculture and plant-based food production, as well as the impacts of dietary change.

While net zero policies could lead to the end of 7.5 million jobs in animal-based food production and fossil fuels, they could create 22.5 million new jobs in agriculture and plant-based food production, renewable electricity, forestry, construction, and manufacturing - a net gain of 15 million jobs in the region by 2030, compared to a business-as-usual scenario.

Within this overall scenario, a shift in diets away from meat and dairy and towards plant-based foods is expected to lead to 4.3 million fewer jobs in livestock herding, poultry, dairy, and fishing, and 19 million more jobs in plant-based agriculture.

Read the full report, Jobs in a net-zero emissions future in Latin America and the Caribbean, here or here (PDF link). See also the TABLE explainer How can we reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions?

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26 Jan 2022
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