Report shows renewable energy jobs up, but biofuels jobs down

October 24, 2021 |

In the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows that renewable energy employment worldwide reached 12 million last year, up from 11.5 million in 2019, but liquid biofuels employment decreased as demand for transport fuels fell due to COVID-19.

The report confirms that COVID-19 caused delays and supply chain disruptions, with impacts on jobs varying by country and end use, and among segments of the value chain. While solar and wind jobs continued leading global employment growth in the renewable energy sector, accounting for a total of 4 million and 1.25 million jobs respectively, liquid biofuels employment decreased as demand for transport fuels fell. Off-grid solar lighting sales suffered, but companies were able to limit job losses.

China commanded a 39% share of renewable energy jobs worldwide in 2020, followed by Brazil, India, the United States, and members of the European Union. Many other countries are also creating jobs in renewables. Among them are Viet Nam and Malaysia, key solar PV exporters; Indonesia and Colombia, with large agricultural supply chains for biofuels; and Mexico and the Russian Federation, where wind power is growing. In Sub-Saharan Africa, solar jobs are expanding in diverse countries like Nigeria, Togo, and South Africa.

 

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