Europe is talking about the huge opportunities there are to create lots of ‘green jobs for a green future’ this week.

That’s the theme of the European Union’s Green Week (EU Green Week) series of events, which has just got underway in Malta with an opening speech from Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Green jobs are being generated across all industries, as efforts to create a sustainable economy gather pace.

There are already lots of European success stories. One of those, Salcheto Winery, in Tuscany, produces bottles of wine with a certified carbon footprint. The Italian winery has a long list of green credentials, including making its own fertiliser from food waste and using renewable energy to power its guesthouse. By going green the business has tripled in size since 2012,  Michele Manelli, Salcheto’s director said.

In Malta, where the EU Green Week launched this morning, the Maltese Water Services Corporation has made the country the first in Europe to treat all its wastewater. And it is aiming to use recycled water for agricultural purposes.

EU Green Week will move from Malta to Brussels, where a jobs summit begins tomorrow, and end later this week with an awards event in Essen. But there are lots of partner events throughout the week and plenty of opportunities for everyone to join in on social media.

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