WWF: Response to IRENA Renewable Energy and Jobs report
“For the last 10 years, we have seen the amount of people employed in the global renewable energy supply chain growing significantly and continuously. This recent report by IRENA underlines this development towards clean energy and a sustainable future,” said Dr Stephan Singer, Global Energy Policy Director for WWF. “Globally, we have now 18% more people employed in the renewables supply chain than last year. With more than 3 million employed, most jobs occur in the various solar technologies.”
Governments who are busy finalising their country-level climate plans (INDCs) as part of the UN’s climate process should take note of the findings of this report, as it reinforces the fact that renewable energy can be a significant factor in increasing jobs. "It makes economic sense to scale up renewables," said Singer.
“WWF is wholly convinced that renewables are not only a superior choice over fossil fuels and nuclear from an environmental low-waste and zero carbon perspective, but that there are countless additional benefits, economically and beyond,” said Singer.
"Renewable energy contributes to economic and social development. Despite significantly lower energy production, with now almost eight million employed in renewables, this number of people working for the future of the planet is already higher than those in conventional and polluting energy industries,” said Singer. “As a rule of thumb, we can say that renewables provide about three to six times more jobs per unit energy produced than fossil fuels or nuclear.”