9.8 million people now have renewable energy jobs

9.8 million people now have renewable energy jobs

More than 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017, released at Irena’s 13th Council meeting, provides the latest employment figures of the renewable energy sector and insight into the factors affecting the renewable labour market.

“Falling costs and enabling policies have steadily driven up investment and employment in renewable energy worldwide since IRENA’s first annual assessment in 2012, when just over seven million people were working in the sector,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “In the last four years, for instance, the number of jobs in the solar and wind sectors combined has more than doubled”.

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irena_global renewable energy employment 2012-2016

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Source: International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena)

Date: June 2017

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