Irena Says Renewable Energy May Create 4 Million Jobs by 2030

Jun 7, 2012 by

By Mahmoud Kassem – Jun 6, order 2012 8:28 AM PT

The International Renewable Energy Agency said the United Nation’s goal of providing sustainable energy for all by 2030 may create up to 4 million jobs in the off-grid electricity industry alone.

The renewable energy companies currently employ 5 million people, and Rabia Ferroukhi, senior programme officer at Irena’s Policy Advice and Capacity Building Directorate, said at a press conference in Abu Dhabi today.

“There is considerable employment potential in the downstream linkages, particularly in the distribution, sales, installation, operation and service of such systems, which can be enhanced if well integrated with local commercial activities,” said Adnan Z. Amin, Irena’s director-general.

Of the 1.3 billion people who lack access to electricity, 45 percent live in Africa and 50 percent in Asia, Irena said in a statement today.

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