The number of people employed directly and indirectly in renewable energy increased by 14% since the start of 2012. According to the report, “the growth was the result of regional shifts in the renewable market, growing competition and advances in technology and manufacturing processes.” (tcktcktck.org)
IRENA Director- General Adnan Z. Amin said: “With 6.5 million people directly or indirectly employed in renewable energy, the sector is proving that it is no longer a niche, it has become a significant employer worldwide.” (tcktcktck.org)
The Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review of 2014 confirmed China’s position as the world’s largest renewable energy market with much of the new job creation coming from the country’s expanding solar and wind sectors. Thanks in part to the booming Photovoltaic sector, which grew five-fold from 2011-2013 according to IRENA, the global powerhouse has reaffirmed its title as the world’s largest renewable energy employer, with an estimated 2.6 million jobs.
“IRENA cites increasing installations and the rapidly falling price of solar PV panels as the main drivers behind the jobs rise.” (tcktcktck.org)
Brazil and the US have also strongly contributed to renewable energy revolution– with 0.89 million jobs and 0.63 million jobs respectively, and Germany and Spain helped rank the European Union near the top of the leader board. Meanwhile, the largest employers by sector include solar, photo-voltaic, bio-fuels, wind, modern biomass and bio-gas.
“The solar PV industry enjoyed a particularly strong year, according to the report, employing over 2.2 million people globally at the end of 2013.” (tcktcktck.org)
Optimism is abundant and influential nations are starting to realize that with its cost effectiveness and sustainable future, the renewable energy sector is beginning what could soon be a global economic splash.