In times of pandemics, research on how to “rebuild” a healthy, resilient, prosperous and low-carbon world has emerged.
According to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), to achieve this goal, adoption of renewable energies is key, as it fosters jobs creation throughout the energy supply chain. In 2018, this sector already employed 11 million people globally.
IRENA says that promoting a renewable energy transformation is an opportunity to achieve international climate goals while creating millions of quality jobs.
For this reason, the energy and climate expert from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Mark Radka, said: “The post-COVID-19 fiscal stimulus packages provide an opportunity to start an ecological and transformative recovery, with the creation of green jobs. ”
According to IRENA’s annual balance of jobs in the renewable energy sector, the adoption of these energies could boost a generation of up to 42 million jobs by 2050.
Nowadays, the top countries where there are benefits associated with jobs in the renewable energy sector are: Brazil, China, India, the United States and members of the European Union; however, they add to the list countries in Southeast Asia and Colombia.
What determines job creation in the renewable energy sector?
Factors influencing job creation throughout the renewable energy supply chain include government policies, diversification of supply chains, business patterns, and industry reorganization and consolidation trends.
The global shift towards renewable energy requires a growing variety of skills: technical, commercial, administrative, economic and legal, among others. Expanding the availability of talent is, therefore, a pragmatic reason to boost women’s participation in renewable energy, excluded historically in this sector. Currently, women represent 32% of the labor force in renewable industry, a proportion that is significantly higher than the 22% reported by oil and gas industry.
“Renewable energy provides an opportunity to ease the transition to carbon neutral threats and protect us from future global threats, including pandemics,” says UNEP climate change expert Niklas Hagelberg.