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A total of 10.3 million people employed in renewable sector : IRENA Annual Review 2018

Last Updated on June 20, 2018 by Admin

International Renewable Energy Agency has recently published Annual Review for Renewable Energy and Jobs analyzing the hiring trend in renewable sector in 2017. According to the report, the industry created more than 500 000 new jobs globally in 2017, with the total number of people employed in renewables (including large hydropower) surpassing 10 million for the first time.

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Renewable energy employment in selected countries (source: IRENA)

Renewable Energy and Jobs, presents the status of employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. Jobs in the sector (including large hydropower) increased 5.3% in 2017, for a total of 10.3 million people employed worldwide, according to this fifth edition in the series.

China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Japan have remained the world’s biggest renewable energy employers, representing more than 70% of such jobs. While growing numbers of countries reap socio-economic benefits from renewables, the bulk of manufacturing still takes place in relatively few countries. Four-fifths of all clean energy jobs in 2017 were in Asia, the report finds.

Among the various technologies based on clean energy, the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry supports the most jobs. PV jobs increased almost 9% to reach 3.4 million around the world in 2017, reflecting the year’s record 94 gigawatts of PV installation.

Jobs in the global wind power industry contracted slightly to 1.15 million. Europe still accounts for five of the world’s top ten countries for installed wind power capacity.

Click here to read the full report from IRENA!

Credits: IRENA Publication

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