Renewable energy jobs could reach 24 million by 2030, report




Climate Action Programme

The number of people employed in the renewable energy sector across the globe could rise to 24 million by 2030, according to the latest report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017, was released on Wednesday 24 May and details that renewable energy employed 9.8 million people around the world in 2016 – a 1.1 per cent increase compared to the previous year.

Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA, said in a statement: “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.”

Specifically, jobs in the renewable energy sector – excluding large hydropower – increased by 2.8 per cent last year, to reach 8.3 million in 2016.