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Renewable energy employment grows worldwide

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports steady global growth in jobs within the renewable energy sector in its recently published annual review. The report finds that the RE sector employed 9.8 million people in 2016, a 1.1% increaser over 2015. China, Brazil, the United States, India, Japan and Germany accounted for most of the renewable energy jobs. Asia was highlighted for their continued growth, now accounting for 62% of the global total of jobs within RE.

The 2016 numbers for the EU has yet to be released in full, but preliminary analysis shows that Germany was the leader in wind jobs with 43% of the total in the European Union, followed by the United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy and France. However, the Global Wind Energy Council has noted that ongoing economic crises and austerity measures as well as weakened legislative frameworks...

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