Skills for low-carbon economy

An interesting briefing paper has been published recently by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) with the title: Skills for low-carbon Europe. The document states that sustainable and energy-efficient economy can be
achieved at the same time as employment growth.

However, the study also warns that to have both requires greater integration of climate and energy polices with measures to support employment and innovative and responsive vocational education and training (VET) policies  that encourage
development of the skills needed by a low-carbon economy.

The document calculates with three scenarios and shows that an additional 13.5 million jobs can be generated to reach the EU 2020 climates and energy goals.


The BUSH project itself and the “Roadmap for the development of training courses in the building sector” designed primarily to foster the development of further education system to ensure that the construction industry is able to contribute – as much as possible – to the achievement of Hungary’s 2020 national climate and energy policy objectives. To reach the goals the building sector could provide added value through the energy efficiency improvement of buildings, and the use of renewable energy technologies.

To this end, the aim of Pillar I of the BUSH project is to get a comprehensive picture about the building industry and related vocational training and adult education, based on the opinion of key stakeholders. A Status Quo Report (SQR) was completed in October 2012 on „Energy Efficiency and Use of Renewable Energies in Buildings: Opportunities and Needs in the Hungarian Education System.”

Based on questionnaire and interview results the SQR describes main obstacles and challenges existing in the building industry and in the current vocational training system. The identified problems contribute to the inadequate quality and quantity of trained and qualified workforce.

Another aim of Pillar I of the BUSH project is to facilitate the implementation of the national climate and energy policy objectives for 2020 by developing a Roadmap to put in place the necessary measures to ensure that support the adequate qualification and skill level of workforce. The Roadmap is in line and builds upon the findings of the SQR therefore it is advised to read the SQR document first.  The Roadmap aims to provide solution possibilities to the a, Structural and policy; b, Training and education; c, Human resources and d, Economic and financial challenges identified in the SQR and describes over 30 implementation measures both in the building and the vocational education and training sectors.  The two sectors are closely interlinked therefore complex measures are needed on the demand and the offer sides. The measures are formulated during and finalized after 218 questionnaire results, 30 interview (available in Hungarian), 3 joint round tables, 2 conferences and a number of bilateral meetings with key stakeholders, professional organizations. The document aims to assist governmental decision-making processes and strategy developments.

download report: BUSH roadmap final

The proposed measures of the Hungarian Roadmap have been endorsed by 23 organisations representing the building sector, education/training instituitons and a ministry.They have all signed letters of endorsements. The endorsement report summarises the endorsement process.

list of endorsing organizations

BUSH roadmap presented at the 4th EU Exchange meeting

The Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) successfully organized the 4th EU Exchange meeting for the 30 national BUILD UP Skill consortiums running in parallel on 22-24 April 2013 in Vienna. This was the last meeting for 21 counties to share and discuss their results and experiences about their on projects.  Countries marked with yellow started their projects in the same time at the end of 2011 and they all finish after 18 month hard work. Other 9 countries (marked with orange) will finish their projects in six month time. Among others the Hungarian consortium’s work also came to an end.  During the meeting countries had the opportunity to show their most important results of their work and 21 posters were prepared to demonstrate the outcome of the national Roadmaps.  All posters are available on the BUS website at

The Hungarian roadmap poster was prepared by ÉMI Non-profit Lld, the consortium leader of BUSH project and demonstrated with the help of the representative of Sustainable Homes Inc.  The aim of the poster was to provide some general background information on the current situation of the Hungarian construction sector and the method to fulfil our tasks but most importantly it summarised the proposed measures of the Roadmap.

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Members of the 30 BUILD UP Skills consortium and the colleagues of the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation: