More than 8 million employed in renewable energy

More than 8 million employed in renewable energy

A new report of IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) has revealed that, worldwide, more than 8 million people are now working in the renewable energy sector.


This represents an increase of 5% compared to last year and the report states that although the number of people working in renewable energy is rising, the number of people employed by the energy sector overall is declining. In the United States, for example, the renewable sector grew by 6%, while the number of people working in the Oil & Gas sector dropped by 18%.


Adnan Z. Amin, the IRENA Director, commented on the findings, saying:

“The continued job growth in the renewable energy sector is significant because it stands in contrast to trends across the energy sector. This increase is being driven by declining renewable energy technology costs and enabling policy frameworks. We expect this trend to continue as the business case for renewables strengthens and as countries move to achieve their climate targets agreed in Paris.”


The countries employing the largest numbers in renewable energy include such powerhouses as China, Brazil, the United States, India, Japan, and Germany. The solar photovoltaic sector is the single biggest employer with 2.8 million people employed worldwide, which is a marked increase on the 2.5 million employed in the PV sector last year. Following hot on the heels of the PV industry are the biofuels sector (1.7 million people employed) and wind power (1.1 million people employed, a 5% increase from 2015).