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Irena: New renewable energy jobs likely as 11 million hired in 2018

Solar PV jobs grew in India, Southeast Asia, and Brazil in 2018, while jobs were cut in China, the US, and Japan

Irena says renewable jobs are on the up.
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Irena says renewable jobs are on the up.

International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) has revealed that 11 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector during 2018, with the number growing from 10.3 million in 2017 despite slower growth in key renewable energy markets such as China, with solar photovoltaic (PV) employment on the up in India, Southeast Asia, and Brazil in 2018, while renewable energy jobs were cut in China, the US, and Japan during the year. 

Irena also pointed to a rise in biofuel jobs by 6% to 2.1 million during the year.

Brazil, Colombia, and Southeast Asia were found to have labour-intensive supply chains with prominent informal work contributing to the sector during the year. 

Irena says renewable energy jobs are growing.

Irena also found that employment in wind power supports 1.2 million jobs, driven by onshore projects.

Offshore development skills, however, continue to gain traction, and such professionals could help build on expertise and infrastructure in the oil and gas sector.

Despite having the largest installed capacity of all renewables, hydropower is only just rising in the global market, and employs 2.1 million direct workers, of which 75% deliver operations and maintenance services.

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