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Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2018

IRENA’s Renewable Energy and Jobs report presents the status of employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In 2017, the industry created more than 500 000 new jobs globally, with the total number of people employed in renewables (including large hydropower) surpassing 10 million for the first time.

This job growth represented an increase of 5.3 percent over the previous year. The report finds that four-fifths of all renewable energy jobs in 2017 were in Asia. While growing numbers of countries reap socio-economic benefits from renewables, the bulk of manufacturing still takes place in relatively few countries. China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Japan have remained the world’s biggest renewable energy employers, representing more than 70 percent of such jobs.

Among the various technologies based on renewables, the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry supports the most jobs. PV jobs increased almost 9 percent to reach 3.4 million around the world in 2017, reflecting the year’s record 94 gigawatts of PV installation.

Jobs in the global wind power industry contracted slightly to 1.15 million. Europe still accounts for five of the world’s top ten countries for installed wind power capacity.

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