Renewable Energy Jobs Soar to Over 10 Million!


Renewable Energy Jobs Soar to Over 10 Million!

The International Renewable Agency (IRENA) this past week has released a report in which it claims that renewable energy jobs have grown to 10.3 million globally!

This is the first time in history that renewable energy jobs have surpassed the 10 million mark and according to IRENAs latest figures, the number of renewable jobs jumped significantly with a 500,000 increase over 2017, a 5.3% increase on the previous year.

The IRENA data shows that employment for this sector is concentrated in particular countries such as China, Brazil, the US, India, Germany and Japan.

Wind power accounts for 1.1 million jobs worldwide with China and Germany leading the way and the UK in fifth place with just under 41,800 posts.

Solar PV, meanwhile, still remains the biggest employer of all renewables technologies, accounting for almost 3.4 million jobs last year, up nearly nine percent from 2016 following a record 94GW of new capacity installations. Again, China is estimated to account for two-thirds of all PV jobs, equivalent to around 2.2 million, with Japan, the US, India and Bangladesh rounding out the top five countries for solar jobs globally.

Behind Germany, the UK is the second biggest renewable energy employer in Europe with 118,200 jobs, the largest amount of which fall within the wind sector, which accounts for 41,800 jobs, the report shows. Overall, the UK ranks fifth in the world for wind-related jobs.

Adnan Z. Amin director of the International Renewable Energy Agency said: “Renewable energy has become a pillar of low-carbon economic growth for governments all over the world, a fact reflected by the growing number of jobs created in the sector.”

The data highlights that in countries where attractive policies exist, the economic, social and environmental benefits of renewable energy are the most evident. Fundamentally this data can support the analysis that decarbonisation of the global energy system can grow the global economy and create up to 28 million jobs in the sector by 2050.

The International Renewable Agency (IRENA) this past week has released a report in which it claims that renewable energy jobs have grown to 10.3 million globally!

This is the first time in history that renewable energy jobs have surpassed the 10 million mark and according to IRENAs latest figures, the number of renewable jobs jumped significantly with a 500,000 increase over 2017, a 5.3% increase on the previous year.

The IRENA data shows that employment for this sector is concentrated in particular countries such as China, Brazil, the US, India, Germany and Japan.

Wind power accounts for 1.1 million jobs worldwide with China and Germany leading the way and the UK in fifth place with just under 41,800 posts.

Solar PV, meanwhile, still remains the biggest employer of all renewables technologies, accounting for almost 3.4 million jobs last year, up nearly nine percent from 2016 following a record 94GW of new capacity installations. Again, China is estimated to account for two-thirds of all PV jobs, equivalent to around 2.2 million, with Japan, the US, India and Bangladesh rounding out the top five countries for solar jobs globally.

Behind Germany, the UK is the second biggest renewable energy employer in Europe with 118,200 jobs, the largest amount of which fall within the wind sector, which accounts for 41,800 jobs, the report shows. Overall, the UK ranks fifth in the world for wind-related jobs.

Adnan Z. Amin director of the International Renewable Energy Agency said: “Renewable energy has become a pillar of low-carbon economic growth for governments all over the world, a fact reflected by the growing number of jobs created in the sector.”

The data highlights that in countries where attractive policies exist, the economic, social and environmental benefits of renewable energy are the most evident. Fundamentally this data can support the analysis that decarbonisation of the global energy system can grow the global economy and create up to 28 million jobs in the sector by 2050.

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