Renewable Energy Provides 6.5 Million Jobs Globally

In 2013, approximately 6.5 million people were already employed in the renewable energy industry worldwide, a new study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals. ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014’ underlines the important role that renewables continue to play in employment creation and growth in the global economy. The comprehensive annual

In 2013, approximately 6.5 million people were already employed in the renewable energy industry worldwide, a new study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals. ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014’ underlines the important role that renewables continue to play in employment creation and growth in the global economy.

The comprehensive annual review shows steady growth in
the number of renewable energy jobs worldwide, which expanded from 5.7 million
in 2012, according to IRENA.

“With 6.5 million people directly or indirectly
employed in renewable energy, the sector is proving that it is no longer a
niche, it has become a significant employer worldwide,” said IRENA
Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “The insights into shifts along segments of the
value-chain revealed in the report are crucial to developing policy that
strengthens job growth in this important sector of the economy.”

Renewable energy employment was shaped by regional
shifts, industry realignments, growing competition and advances in technologies
and manufacturing processes in 2013. The largest employers by country are
China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany, Spain and Bangladesh, while
the largest employers by sector are solar photovoltaic, biofuels, wind, modern
biomass and biogas.

Among other updates, the 6.5 million figure published
in the annual review reflects growth in Chinese numbers, which can be
attributed to a significant increase in annual installation and manufacturing
activity and differences in the way employment figures are estimated. IRENA
estimates a five-fold increase of solar PV installations in China from 2011 to
2013.

“Surging demand for solar PV in China and Japan has
increased employment in the installation sector and eased some PV module
over-supply concerns,” said Rabia Ferroukhi, heading the Knowledge, Policy and
Finance division at IRENA and lead author of the report. “Consequently some
Chinese manufacturers are now adding capacity.”

In the wind industry, China and Canada provided
positive impulses while the outlook for the United States remains somewhat
mixed because of political uncertainty. The offshore wind industry is still
concentrated in Europe, particularly the United Kingdom and Germany.

The biofuels value chain provides the second largest
number of renewable energy jobs after solar PV. The United States remains the
largest biofuels producer, while Brazil remains the largest employer.

The review is being presented Monday at the Clean
Energy Ministerialin Seoul, South Korea, a meeting of energy ministers and
other high-level officials from 23 countries focused on assessing progress and
identifying tangible steps toward accelerating the transition to a global clean
energy economy.

‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014’ is the
second annual jobs report published by IRENA. It is available to download at
www.irena.org/REjobs

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