Renewable Energy Industries Employ 8 Million+

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors More than 8 million are employed in renewable energy industries worldwide, and that number rises to 9.8 million if large-scale hydropower projects are included, according to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017. Officials with IRENA note the figures show […]

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors

More than 8 million are employed in renewable energy industries worldwide, and that number rises to 9.8 million if large-scale hydropower projects are included, according to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017. Officials with IRENA note the figures show positive growth since 2012, when the first renewable energy employment assessment was performed and showed just over 7 million working in renewable energy. According to Adnan Amin, IRENA director-general, the number of jobs in the solar and wind sectors combined has more than doubled in the past four years. The report showed solar photovoltaic was the biggest employer last year, accounting for 3.1 million jobs, up 12% compared to 2015. The wind sector represented 1.2 million jobs, while biofuels were responsible for 1.7 million jobs. Globally, 62% of renewable energy jobs are in Asia. In China alone, 3.64 million people were working in renewables last year, an increase of 3.4%, the report says. One key in developing countries is off-grid power solutions that allow some regions to create infrastructure and jobs while bypassing traditional distributed energy infrastructure installation. “As the scales continue to tip in favor of renewables, we expect that the number of people working in the renewables sector could reach 24 million by 2030, more than offsetting fossil-fuel job losses and becoming a major economic driver around the world,” Amin said.

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