In 2017, the renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally, surpassing 10 million jobs for the first time.
In the renewable energy sector, photovoltaic energy and biofuels create more jobs.
“Renewable energies have become a pillar of low-carbon global economic growth, directly reflected in the increase in the number of jobs created in the sector. With these words, Adnan Z. Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), presented the fifth edition of the Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review in Abu Dhabi. The report, as it is easy to Guess it, examines green employment numbers and trends around the world, ranking the job opportunity by country and energy technology.
It turns out that in 2017 renewable sources created more than 500,000 new jobs worldwide, a figure which increased by 5.3% compared to 2016. The new jobs increase the total number of green jobs in the clean energy sector for a total of 10.3 million. The Agency expects that number to rise to 28 million by 2050.
It is easy to imagine which nations offer the greatest opportunities. China, the world’s leading country in terms of green investments and speed of renewable energy growth, leads the list with more than 3.8 million jobs in this sector. They are followed by Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Japan.
“The data – adds Amin – points to an increasingly regionalized picture, highlighting how in countries where there are favorable policies, the economic, social and environmental benefits of renewable energies are more evident.”
One of the most interesting findings of the report concerns employment in different technological sectors. Of all the renewable energies, photovoltaics is the one that currently offers the most jobs, with nearly 3.4 million jobs, almost 9% more than in 2016. And it could not be otherwise. than last year, solar was the fastest growing energy segment. In this context, it is estimated that China accounts for two thirds of photovoltaic installations, which equates to around 2.2 million jobs.
It was followed by the liquid biofuels sector, with nearly 2 million jobs, followed by hydroelectric (1.5 million) and wind (1.2 million), slightly below the 2016 results. . “Energy transformation is about improving economic opportunities and increasing social well-beingSaid Rabia Ferroukhi, director of the political unit of IRENA. “By providing policy makers with this level of detail on the composition of employment and skills in the renewable energy sector, countries can make informed decisions on several important national goals, from education and training to industrial policies. and labor market regulation. “