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IRENA: Renewable energy could create 40 million jobs by 2050

Measuring the socio-economics of transition: Focus on jobs report says total energy sector jobs could hit 100 million by 2050

Renewable energy to create 40 million jobs by 2050. [representational]
Renewable energy to create 40 million jobs by 2050. [representational]

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said in its report that was published on the sidelines of its 10th Assembly, that the renewable energy sector could employ more than 40 million people by 2050, under IRENA’s climate safe energy path.

According to the findings of ‘Measuring the socio-economics of transition: Focus on jobs’ report, employment within the total energy sector could reach 100 million by 2050, with the number increasing from 58 million today, if the world used its complete renewable energy potential.

The report highlighted the impact of energy transition on global as well as regional levels on employment.

Speaking about its work that is related at understanding the socio-economic benefits of energy transition, director-general of IRENA, Francesco La Camera said: “Everybody is talking about a just transition but not many know how to make it happen. We all have to work on this subject to present a clear voice that supports an inclusive transition," he said.

According to the UAE’s state-held news agency, Wam, the findings of the report were revealed during the launch of the platform dedicated for employment opportunities in the field of sustainable energy.

The jobs platform highlights issues such as gender balance, diversity in the workforce, and rural economic development, in addition to the need for educational and skill-training policies for workers and communities.

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