Monday, July 18, 2011

Brookings Report: Sizing the "Clean" Economy

This last week the Brookings Institution issued a report that attempts to put the "clean" economy into some perspective. What, you ask, is the clean economy? The “green” or “clean” or low-carbon economy is defined as the sector of the economy that produces goods and services with an environmental benefit. "Not only do 'green' or 'clean' activities and jobs related to environmental aims pervade all sectors of the U.S. economy, they also remain tricky to define and isolate—and count." Not surprisingly this kind of economy does not have a one-size fits all configuration. Each area of the country is different than another; however, the report's executive summary does its best to pull common themes together.

Check out the clean economy elements listed for Minnesota and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area.

Some data from the reports and interactive maps are excerpted below. Remember that the green products are certified in some type of list, and it does not necessarily mean renewable. Note that these are all direct jobs, no calculations for total economic impact were done.

Green Chemicals: 148 Jobs (likely understated) Ranked #25.

A few surprises in this category. We have about 0.5% of the total. Far and away, the leader in this category was Tennessee, who has over 7,000 jobs in this industry. Some influence may arise from Eastman Chemical Company having their HQ in the state. Also, Nebraska only has 7, though Natureworks has a large facility manufacturing PLA in the state.

Green Building Products: 1,2887 Jobs. Ranked #15.

Green Consumer products: 2,218 Jobs. Ranked #11.

Renewable Energy: 2,003 Jobs

Biomass/Biofuels: 1,441 Jobs

Biomass/Biofuels makes up 70% of renewable energy jobs in Minnesota.

You can access an Interactive map that can give more detailed data:

For the full Report:

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