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Jobs In Renewable Energy Surpass 10 Million Mark Globally

Renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally in 2017, a 5.3 percent increase from 2016

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The renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally in 2017, a 5.3 percent increase from 2016, according to the statistics released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

According to the annual review of Renewable Energy and Jobs, the total number of people employed in the sector now stands at 10.3 million globally, surpassing the 10 million figure for the first time.

China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Japan remain the world’s largest renewable energy employers, representing more than 70 percent of all industry jobs globally. Sixty percent of all renewable energy jobs are in Asia.

Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General 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.”

He further added, “Fundamentally, this data supports our 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 solar photovoltaic(PV) industry remains the largest employer of all renewable energy technologies, accounting for close to 3.4 million jobs, up almost 9 percent from 2016 following a record 94 gigawatts (GW) of installations in 2017.

Despite a slight dip in Japan and the United States, the two countries followed China as the largest markets for solar PV employment in the world. India and Bangladesh complete a top five that accounts for around 90 per cent of global solar PV jobs.

Jobs in the wind industry contracted slightly last year to 1.15 million worldwide. While wind jobs are found in a relatively small number of countries, the degree of concentration is lower than in the solar PV sector.

Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi, Head of IRENA’s Policy Unit and Deputy Director of Knowledge, Policy and Finance said, “The energy transformation is one of improving economic opportunity and a rise in social well-being as countries implement supportive policies and attractive regulatory frameworks to fuel industrial growth and sustainable job creation.”


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