New Energy Jobs Keep Growing Worldwide
Renewable Energy Jobs Continue Growth to 11.5 Million Worldwide; IRENA’s annual jobs review confirms long-term growth trend; strong policy action essential to ensure continued employment expansion in the COVID-19 era.
29 September 2020 (International Renewable Energy Agency)
Renewable energy continues to bring socio-economic benefits by creating numerous jobs worldwide, according to the latest figures released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) today…[J]obs in the sector reached 11.5 million globally last year, led by solar PV with some 3.8 million jobs, or a third of the total...[Sixty-three per cent of all renewables jobs were recorded in Asia, confirming the region’s status as a market leader…Biofuels jobs followed closely behind solar PV, reaching 2.5 million. Many of these jobs are in the agricultural supply chain, particularly in countries like Brazil, Colombia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, with labour-intensive operations. Other large employers in the renewables sector are the hydropower and wind industries, with close to 2 million and 1.2 million jobs…
Renewables jobs have shown more inclusion and a better gender balance than fossil fuels...[W]omen held 32 per cent of total renewables jobs, as opposed to 21 per cent in fossil fuels sectors…Decentralised renewable energy can also propel productive uses in rural areas…in farming and food processing, healthcare, communications, and local commerce…Comprehensive policies, led by education and training measures, labour market interventions, and industrial policies that support the leveraging of local capacities, are essential…Policymakers must also prioritise reskilling for fossil fuel sector workers who have lost or are at risk of losing their livelihoods…IRENA’s recently-released Post-COVID Recovery Agenda found that an ambitious stimulus programme could create up to 5.5 million more jobs over the next three years than a business-as-usual approach…” click here for more