The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released a report on Wednesday, providing the latest employment figures of the renewable energy sector and insight into the factors affecting the renewable labour market.
The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017, found more than 9.8 million people were employed in the sector in 2016, which could rise to 24 million by 2030.
According to IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin, falling costs and enabling policies have driven up investment and employment in renewable energy worldwide since IRENA’s first annual assessment in 2012, when around seven million people were working in the sector.
“In the last four years, for instance, the number of jobs in the solar and wind sectors combined has more than doubled,” Amin said.
“Renewables are directly supporting broader socio-economic objectives, with employment creation increasingly recognised as a central component of the global energy transition.
“As the scales continue to tip in favour 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.”
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