Global renewable energy jobs grow 6% to reach 12.7m in 2021.

ISLAMABAD -- Jobs in the renewable energy sector rose about 6 per cent in 2021, despite supply chain challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic, a new report has found.

The renewable energy sector generated 12.7 million jobs last year, up from 12 million during the previous year, with solar projects accounting for most employment generation, a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) and the International Labour Organisation found, reports

Renewable energy employment generation could jump to 38.2 million in 2030 under an "ambitious energy transition scenario with front-loaded investments", the report said.

'In the face of numerous challenges, renewable energy jobs remain resilient and have been proven to be a reliable job creation engine,' said Francesco La Camera, Irena's director general.

'My advice to governments around the world is to pursue industrial policies that encourage the expansion of decent renewables jobs at home. Spurring a domestic value chain will not only create business opportunities and new jobs for people and local communities. It also bolsters supply chain reliability and contributes to more energy security overall.'

The solar sector accounted for more than a third of the total renewable energy workforce with 4.3 million jobs in 2021, followed by hydropower and biofuels with 2.4 million jobs each, while employment in the wind energy sector reached 1.3 million last year, The National reported.

Almost two thirds of all these jobs were in Asia with China alone accounting for 42 per cent of the global total, followed by the EU and Brazil with 10 per cent each.

Worldwide, some 257 gigawatts of renewable electricity were installed in 2021, expanding cumulative capacity by 9 per cent to a total of 3068 gigawatts with solar and wind power...

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