Renewable energy jobs surge above 10m
ABU DHABI: The growing renewable energy industry created 500,000 new jobs globally last year, surpassing the 10 million-mark for the first time, an Abu Dhabi-based agency said on Tuesday.
Harnessing clean energy around the world had created a total of 10.3 million jobs by the end of 2017, a 5.3 percent jump on the previous year, according to the new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Adnan Z. Amin, director-general of IRENA, said the findings showed renewable energy “has become a pillar of low-carbon economic growth for governments all over the world”.
“Fundamentally, this data supports our analysis that decarbonisation of the global energy system can grow the global economy and create up to 28 million jobs in the sector by 2050,” he said.
Published in Business Recorder, 9th May, 2018