According to 2017, industry has increased the number of jobs by half a million, in cosequence by strong growth in Asia.
The renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally in 2017, a 5.3 per cent increase from 2016, according to the latest figures released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). At IRENA’s 15th Council in Abu Dhabi specialists have calculated, that the total number of people employed in the sector (including large hydropower) now stands at 10.3 million globally.
China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Japan remain the world’s largest renewable energy employers, representing more than 70 per cent of all industry jobs globally.
“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” - commented Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency.
The solar PV industry remains the largest employer of all renewable energy technologies, accounting for close to 3.4 million jobs. China was estimated to account for two-thirds of PV jobs – equivalent to 2.2 million – representing an expansion of 13 per cent over the previous year.
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. China accounts for 44 per cent of global wind employment, followed by Europe and North America with 30 and 10 per cent, respectively. Half of the top ten countries with the largest installed capacity of wind power in the world are European.
“By providing policy makers some level of detail about the composition of renewable energy employment and skills requirements, countries can make informed decisions on several important national objectives, from education and training, to industrial policies and labour market regulations. Such considerations will support a fair and equitable transition to a renewables based energy system”, said Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi, Head of IRENA’s Policy Unit and Deputy Director of Policy and Finance.
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- The renewable energy sector employs 10,3 million people, with most jobs in Asia;
- Large hydropower directly employs 1,5 million people – 63% in operation and maintenance;
- The renewable energy sector employs 10,3 million people, adding 500 000 new jobs last year;
- Solar PV was largest renewable energy employer in 2017 with almost 3,4 million jobs – up 9% from 2016;
- In 2017, 1,93 million people worked in the biofuels sector – up 12% from 2016;
- In 2017, 1,15 million people worked in the wind industry. The top five countries represent 76% of wind jobs;