Renewable energy: 12 million jobs in 2020

2020 has shown that not even a global pandemic can slow the advance of renewable energy. A new relationship from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Labor Organization found that jobs in the renewable energy sector grew to 12 million in 2020. This reflects significant growth in employment worldwide in this sector, as the first report in 2012 estimated 7.3 million.

Covid has caused delays and disruptions in the supply chain, with impacts on jobs that vary from country to country. The report found that solar and wind jobs continued to drive global employment growth in the sector, accounting for 4 million and 1.25 million jobs respectively.

However, employment in liquid biofuels declined as the demand for transport fuels declined.

China accounted for 39% of renewable energy jobs worldwide in 2020, followed by Brazil, India, the United States and European Union member states.

The energy sector remains the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions today, accounting for over two-thirds of total emissions. Renewable energies represent an innovative, sustainable and cost-effective solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a large scale, thus helping countries to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

A global path scenario developed by IRENA predicts that the renewable energy sector could represent 38 million jobs by 2030 and 43 million by 2050, double the current policies and commitments. Jobs in the energy sector as a whole will grow to 122 million in 2050 with the path of 1.5 ° C, compared to 114 million with current policies.

Solar is expected to continue current expansion trends and constitute the largest share of renewable energy jobs in 2050, with 19.9 million jobs, followed by bioenergy (13.7 million), wind (5, 5 million) and hydroelectric (3.7 million).

At this link you can download the full report, in English

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