The TUC has warned the government to redouble efforts to make the UK a world class green economy.
In its A Green and Fair Future pamphlet, released at the TUC's Climate Change Conference, the trades union body urged the government to work more closely with bosses and unions to enable the UK to become a world leader in the new green economy.
While countries such as Germany, Denmark and Spain are creating thousands of jobs and billions of pounds in revenue through proactive support for green businesses, the UK is struggling to make up for lost ground.
Germany is estimated to have a renewable energy sector employing almost half a million people with a turnover of 24 billion euros
The TUC said in contrast the UK employs just 7,000 in renewable energy, generating 360 million euros.
Speaking ahead of the event, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "Our European competitors are showing that there is a lot of money and jobs in the green economy but the UK government is barely off the starting blocks compared to countries like Germany and Denmark."
Now is the time, he said, to implement policies to allow the UK's green sector to develop.
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