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Over the past year, employment in the renewable energy sector increased by more than 700,000, bringing the total number of employees in the industry to 12.7 million.
This is according to research by UN and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), saying solar energy tops the list – providing 4.3 million jobs in 2021.
The report calls on all nations to strengthen their national renewable energy markets – both to improve green jobs and reduce dependence on other nations for fossil fuel-based energy.
An increase in female employment in the sector is also a key area to note, with the UN’s Guy Ryder explaining that ‘dedicated policies and training’ aimed at involving women in energy have started to bear fruit. .
China took the lead globally, accounting for 42% of renewable jobs globally, followed by the EU and Brazil with 10% each and India and the US with 7%.
The expansion of solar panel manufacturing in China has led to high levels of employment – although India added 10 GW of solar power last year, helping it catch up with other key players.
IRENA Director General Francesco La Camera said: “My advice to governments around the world is to pursue industrial policies that encourage the expansion of decent renewable energy jobs at home.
“Boosting a national value chain will not only create business opportunities and new jobs for local people and communities. It also enhances supply chain reliability and contributes to greater overall energy security.
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