Energy Transition

The renewable energy transition is creating a green jobs boom

12.7 million people now work in the global renewable energy sector. Image: Unsplash/Jason Blackeye

Stefan Ellerbeck

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Chart showing the evolution of global renewable energy employment by technology
More than five million renewable energy jobs have been created in the past decade. Image: IRENA
Infographic showing the renewable energy employment in selected countries
The majority of renewable energy employment was in Asian countries in 2021. Image: IRENA
Chart showing the world renewable electricity capacity
Cumulative renewable electricity capacity expanded by 9% in 2021. Image: IRENA
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Chart showing the solar pv employment in 2021 in the top ten countries
China provides the vast majority of jobs in the solar PV sector. Image: IRENA

The wind employment in 2021 in the top ten countries
The wind power sector employed 1.4 million people globally in 2021. Image: IRENA

The hydropower employment for direct jobs by country
China and India host more than half of jobs in hydropower. Image: IRENA

Liquid biofuels employment in 2021 in the top ten countries
Brazil and Indonesia are world leaders in liquid biofuel jobs. Image: IRENA

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