Renewable energy jobs are on the rise globally, with the number reaching 12.7 million as of 2019. This information comes from a recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The report titled “Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2022” noted that the renewable energy sector has continued to grow, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The majority of these jobs are in countries such as China, Brazil, India, the United States, and members of the European Union. Solar energy jobs are the most prominent, followed by bioenergy, wind power, and hydropower.
Francesco La Camera, IRENA’s Director-General, said; “In the face of numerous challenges, renewable energy jobs remain resilient, and have been proven to be a reliable job creation engine. My advice to governments around the world is to pursue industrial policies that encourage the expansion of decent renewables jobs at home. Spurring a domestic value chain will not only create business opportunities and new jobs for people and local communities. It also bolsters supply chain reliability and contributes to more energy security overall.”
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, said; “Beyond the numbers, there is a growing focus on the quality of jobs and the conditions of work in renewable energies, to ensure decent and productive employment. The increasing share of female employment suggests that dedicated policies and training can significantly enhance the participation of women in renewable energy occupations, inclusion and ultimately, achieve a just transition for all. I encourage governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations to remain firmly committed to a sustainable energy transition, which is indispensable for the future of work.”
The report also highlighted the importance of gender equality in the renewable energy sector, as women make up only 32% of the workforce.
The growth of renewable energy jobs is a positive for the environment and the economy. Renewable energy is becoming increasingly important in the fight against climate change, and job opportunities in this sector can drive economic growth and provide sustainable career paths.
However, it is important to ensure that workers are protected and receive fair wages and benefits. This report serves as a reminder of the potential of renewable energy to create a sustainable future for both the planet and the workforce.
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