Wind Energy Sector Employs 1.1 Million People Worldwide

Image source: WindEurope

With Global Wind Day being celebrated today (15 June), it is only appropriate to bring out the statistics from IRENA’s “Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016” report, which shows that wind energy saw an employment increase of 5% in 2015 and that there are now 1.1 million people working in the sector.

Renewable energy in general has also recorded a 5% increase in employment compared to 2014, with more than 8.1 million people involved in the industry.

Countries with the most renewable energy jobs in 2015 included China, Brazil, the United States, India, Japan, and Germany – which leads with renewable energy jobs number within the European Union, employing nearly as many as France, the United Kingdom, and Italy combined.

The United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark were the global leaders in offshore wind employment.

Overall, job figures in the EU declined for the fourth year due to weak economic growth, IRENA said. Employment rate fell by 3% to 1.17 million in 2014, the last year for which data is available.

The solar photovoltaic (PV) sector remains the largest renewable energy employer worldwide with 2.8 million jobs. Liquid biofuels was the second largest global employer with 1.7 million jobs, followed by wind power with 1.1 million global jobs.

“As the ongoing energy transition accelerates, growth in renewable energy employment will remain strong,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “IRENA’s research estimates that doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030 – enough to meet global climate and development targets – would result in more than 24 million jobs worldwide.” 

Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a coordinated action between WindEurope (formerly known as EWEA), the Global Wind Energy Council and the national associations to introduce the general public to wind energy through a series of activities.

Share this article

Follow Offshore Wind

Events>

<< Apr 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

2nd ANNUAL OFFSHORE WIND OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FORUM

The Forum will give the full update on the O&M effective practices and their perspectives, providing industry developers new tools…

read more >

All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2017

All-Energy has provided the industry suppliers, experts and thought-leaders from the renewable energy supply chain the opportunity…

read more >

Future Conference: Wind & Maritime

The sixth Future Conference: Wind & Maritime – the conference in north-eastern Germany that connects wind wnergy with maritime industry…

read more >

OWIB 2017

OWIB is an annual network event dedicated to making contacts and contracts within the offshore wind industry…

read more >

Jobs>

Network Support Engineer

As Network Support Engineer you will be responsible for the installation / configuration, operation and maintenance of the infrastructural network ...

apply

Project Manager Shiprepair Dunkerque

The project departments within the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion yards are managed by a Head of Projects or directly by the MD of the yard ...

apply

Offshore wind jobs at Shell Netherlands BV

Commercial Lead New Energies, Offshore Wind Operations Lead and Wind Turbine Engineer.

apply

Vessels>