People, Planet, Asia Pacific, Climate Change

11 million people now employed in renewables

Responsible Business | Jun 25, 2019

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The global transition towards renewable energy is driving a surge in employment in the sector, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency, Irena. In 2018, 11 million people were working in the manufacture, trading and installation of renewable energy, up from 10.3 the previous year. That was despite a slowdown in jobs growth in the sector in China, the agency said.

Asia makes up 60 per cent of the global renewables workforce, with emerging industries in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam helping to drive growth.

“Beyond climate goals, governments are prioritising renewables as a driver of low-carbon economic growth in recognition of the numerous employment opportunities created by the transition to renewables,” said Francesco La Camera, director-general of IRENA. “Renewables deliver on all main pillars of sustainable development – environmental, economic and social. As the global energy transformation gains momentum, this employment dimension reinforces the social aspect of sustainable development and provides yet another reason for countries to commit to renewables.”

Source: IRENA

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