Record-breaking renewables growth increases jobs
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Huge growth in renewable power capacity and employment in the renewable energy supply chain since 2014 shows renewable energy provides economic as well as environmental and other benefits. The ‘REN21 renewables 2015 Global Status Report’ found that 60 per cent of 2014 growth in global power capacity came from renewables such as wind, solar and hydro. This contributed to growth in the world’s economy without a parallel rise in CO2 emissions for the first time in four decades. Jobs in the sector amounted to 8 million, said the ‘IRENA ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review 2015’. “Rapid spread of renewable energy is key to cutting carbon emissions and fighting climate change,” said WWF. “It also produces jobs, and provides communities with affordable clean energy”.