Scotland can support 130,000 green jobs within the next decade, promises the SNP government’s new economic strategy.
Finance Secretary John Swinney said a “low carbon” economy and innovation in areas such as renewable energy could see millions of pounds of investment.
He also wanted a 50% increase in exports by 2017, as well as boosting inward investment.
Ministers have already pledged to give every young person a training opportunity.
Mr Swinney unveilied his economic strategy as the latest report from experts at the Bank of Scotland suggested the Scottish economy was showing resilience in the face of the global slowdown.
The finance secretary said his blueprint set out a vision for the public and private sectors to work alongside academic experts and voluntary groups to boost growth and create jobs.