New figures have revealed that more than 10 million people are now employed in the renewable energy industry around the world.

The International Renewable Energy Association’s (IRENA’s) annual review revealed that more than 500,000 renewables jobs were created in 2017, up 5.3% on 2016’s total.

More than 70% of the jobs are in China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Japan.

Some 60% of all renewables jobs – including large-scale hydro-electric projects – are in Asia.

28 million jobs by 2050

Adnan Amin, Director-General of the IRENA, said: “ Renewable energy has become a pillar of low-carbon economic growth for governments all over the world, a fact reflected by the growing number of jobs created in the sector.

“The data also underscores an increasingly regionalised picture, highlighting that in countries where attractive policies exist, the economic, social and environmental benefits of renewable energy are most evident.

“Fundamentally, this data supports our analysis that decarbonisation of the global energy system can grow the global economy and create up to 28 million jobs in the sector by 2050.”

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