Renewable energy employs 9.8 million people globally, says IRENA report

By Michelle Froese More than 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017, released at IRENA’s 13th Council meeting, provides the latest employment figures of the renewable energy sector and insight into the factors affecting the renewable labour market.
According to the new report from IRENA, wind installations in the U.S., Germany, India, and Brazil contributed to the increase in global wind employment by 7%, reaching 1.2 million jobs.
“Falling costs and enabling policies have steadily driven up investment and employment

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