Jobs in global renewable energy sector surpass 10 million in 2017

The renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs in 2017 worldwide, according to latest figures from International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Incorporating the half a million new jobs added last year, total employment in the renewables sector across the world now stands at 10.3 million, exceeding the 10 million mark for the first time.

The fifth edition of IRENA’s Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review, launched at the organisation’s 15th council in Abu Dhabi, found that renewable energy jobs grew by 5.3% from 2016.

China, Brazil, the US, India, Germany and Japan remain the world’s largest renewable energy employers, representing over 70% of the world’s renewable energy jobs.

“Renewable energy has become a pillar of low-carbon economic growth for governments all over the world, a fact reflected by the growing number of jobs created in the sector,” said Adnan Z. Amin, director general of IRENA.

“The data also underscores an increasingly regionalised picture, highlighting that in countries where attractive policies exist, the economic, social and environmental benefits of renewable energy are most evident,” he said.

“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.”