A Future for all: Solar Energy

A survey by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that the number of people employed by renewable energy technology reached 10.3 million in 2017.

This represents an increase of 5.3% over the previous year. According to the agency, the decarbonization of the global energy matrix can create 28 million jobs by 2050, a radiant horizon for the planet and the labour market. IRENA Director General, Adnan Z. Amin stated that renewable energy has become a pillar of low-carbon economic growth for governments around the world, a fact reflected by the growing number of jobs created in the sector.

In the chart below, it is clear that the photovoltaic solar industry remains the largest employer among all renewable energy technologies, accounting for 3.4 million jobs.

The jobs are in the areas of planning, production and installation of equipment. These jobs are occupied by professionals graduated or trained in other courses in the area of environmental management.

It is important that an environmental management professional is able to explain to companies that investing in renewable energy is synonymous with the implementation of sustainable actions in the organization and serving as a more economical alternative in energy consumption. Brazil is among the largest employers in the renewable energy sector, accompanied by the United States, India, Germany and Japan. China alone accounts for 43% of job opportunities.


Irena.org. (2019). Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review 2018. [online] Available at: https://www.irena.org/publications/2018/May/Renewable-Energy-and-Jobs-Annual-Review-2018 [Accessed 31 Jan. 2019].

Irena.org. (2019). Renewable Energy Jobs Reach 10.3 Million Worldwide in 2017. [online] Available at: https://www.irena.org/newsroom/pressreleases/2018/May/Renewable-Energy-Jobs-Reach-10-Million-Worldwide-in-2017 [Accessed 31 Jan. 2019].


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