In the last 12 months worldwide renewable energy jobs rose by 700,000 new jobs, and the total number was 12.7 million at the end of the last year, meaning that today there are likely more than 13 million people employed by the renewable energy industry.
Solar energy sector is still the fastest growing renewable energy sector, which provided 4.3 million jobs in 2021. Solar and wind energy sector provide the biggest number of renewable energy jobs in United States.
Things are somewhat different in Europe as biomass energy sector is the biggest renewable energy employer in EU, with roughly 314,000 jobs at the end of 2021, with wind sector coming close second with 298,000. Countries in the European Union account for a total of 1.2 million jobs in the renewable energy sector.
Unsurprisingly, more than sixty percent of all renewable energy jobs are in Asia, with China being the global leader with roughly 42% of the global total.
This means that global renewable energy development remains strong as ever, even despite the global Covid-19 issue. The world is still far away from being free of fossil fuels, but the good news is that global renewable energy development is not slowing down, even despite the economic crisis and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Renewable energy sector is turning out to be reliable job provider and workforce development is crucial to make the clean energy transition successful. The sector needs to focus on industrial policy, education and skills training, labor market and social protection measures, diversity and inclusion strategies, as well as regional revitalization measures.