What it's about:
The number of people employed in the renewable energy sector broke the 10 million threshold for the first time in 2017, with the sector creating over half a million jobs last year.
70 percent of these clean energy jobs were created in just six countries - – China, Brazil, the US, India, Germany and Japan – according to the fifth annual review of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
This suggests that there is scope for expansion in other nations. Countries with favourable renewable energy policies are reaping benefits far beyond access to clean energy, recording positive economic, social and environmental benefits, Forbes reports.
The renewable energy sector could create up to 28 million jobs by 2050 if governments commit to the clean energy transition, according to IRENA.
Why it's noteworthy:
It is widely believed that reducing fossil fuel energy will result in higher unemployment. New data suggests that this may not be the case, revealing that there are plenty of job opportunities in the renewable sector.
Solar energy has grown particularly rapidly, up 9 percent to 3.4 million in 2017.
Governments in regions that are further behind in their renewable infrastructure, such as most of sub-Saharan Africa, should look to
fund solar projects to help produce clean and affordable energy and simultaneously tackle unemployment.
A thriving renewable energy sector will help drive growth in developing nations, provide economic opportunities for customers and
energy providers, increase social well-being and improve employment.
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