Jobs in the Renewable Energy Sector
MK Nature Design is happy to learn that climate change is creating new jobs for people all over the world. Over 8 million people have been employed in jobs in 2015 that are in the renewable energy sector. In addition 90% of new energy is renewable energy. There is hope for the future!
Over 8 million people have been employed in the renewable energy sector worldwide in 2015 (The Guardian, May 2016). It is reported that 769,000 people were employed in 2015 in the USA in the renewable energy sector. Jobs in solar and wind are growing by 20% whereas in oil and gas they are falling. Worldwide employment in the renewable energy sector grew by 5% in 2015. A larger percentage of women are employed in this sector than in the energy sector. However there have been cuts in subsidies in the UK resulting in job losses in that solar energy sector. An estimate of 8m jobs in renewable energy are forecasted in manufacture, installation and maintenance. Hydropower is expected to employ 1.3 m people in 2015.
The solar photovoltaic industry was the biggest employer in 2015 with 2.8 m jobs showing an 11% increase (The Guardian, May 2016). 60% were in China with Japan and the USA being significant employers as well.
Liquid biofuel had 1.7 m jobs in Brazil and USA. However employment has dropped slightly and palm oil as a biofuel has environmental impacts that have to be considered.
Wind power, employing 1.1 m people, up 5 % from 2014, is the third biggest growing sector.
There is more proof that clean energy can create new jobs in this The Huffington Post article. It states that the renewable energy sector employs 5% (8.1 m people) more people than last year. 3 m people work in just the solar sector. Renewable energy jobs in the US increased by 6 % last year, with solar increasing by 22%. By 2020 it is expected that 400,000 people will be employed in the solar sector. However, jobs will be lost in the coal and oil sector. These jobs can be gained in the renewable energy sector though.
There was a record global investment and implementation of solar, wind and hydropower in 2015 (The Guardian, June, 2016). Approximately 147 gigawats of renewable energy power came online in 2015. Renewable energy investment increased to $286 billion with solar energy being 56% and wind 38%. China is one of the leading investors and implementors of 2015. In the UK investments into renewable energy have decreased in the first quarter of 2016 due to cuts in solar subsidies and a decrease in onshore wind power. However in the USA investment into renewable energy has increased. 173 countries have clean energy targets now. However, the worlds dependence on oil and gas infrastructure is now an issue.
It is stated that 90% of the worlds new energy is renewable energy (Minds, 2016). Half of the new energy sources were wind power. Global energy related CO2 emissions have leveled in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The switch to renewable energy is helping to slow climate change. However there will have to be a switch from coal and oil jobs to renewable energy jobs (a change in worker mindset will also be needed) and the dependance on coal and oil infrastructure will have to be addressed.
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