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India sees rise in solar photovoltaic jobs: IRENA

IANS  |  New Delhi 

saw expand in solar photovoltaic employment in 2018, while China, the US, and the lost jobs, the International Renewable Agency (IRENA) said on Thursday.

In total, 11 million people were employed in renewable worldwide in 2018, up from 10.3 million in 2017.

As more and more countries manufacture, trade and install renewable technologies, IRENA's latest 'and Jobs -- Annual Review' finds renewables jobs grew to their highest level despite slower growth in key markets, including

The diversification of the supply chain is changing the sector's geographic footprint.

Until now, have remained relatively concentrated in a handful of major markets, such as China, the US and the

Increasingly, however, East and Southeast Asian countries have emerged alongside as key exporters of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Countries including Malaysia, and Vietnam, were responsible for a greater share of growth in renewables jobs last year, which allowed to maintain a 60 per cent share of worldwide.

"Beyond climate goals, governments are prioritising renewables as a of low-carbon economic growth in recognition of the numerous employment opportunities created by the transition to renewables," said Director-General Camera.

"Renewables deliver on all main pillars of sustainable development -- environmental, economic and social. As the global gains momentum, this employment dimension reinforces the social aspect of sustainable development and provides yet another reason for countries to commit to renewables.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind remain the most dynamic of all

Accounting for one-third of the total renewable energy workflow, solar PV retains the top spot in 2018, ahead of liquid biofuels, hydropower and wind power.

Geographically, hosts over three million PV jobs, nearly nine-tenths of the global total.

Most of the wind industry's activity still occurs on land and is responsible for the bulk of the sector's 1.2 million jobs.

alone accounts for 44 per cent of global wind employment, followed by and the US.

Offshore wind could be an especially attractive option for leveraging domestic capacity and exploiting synergies with the

The solar PV industry retains the top spot, with a third of the total

Besides India, PV employment expanded in Southeast and Brazil, while China, the US, and the lost jobs.

Rising output pushed biofuel jobs up six per cent to 2.1 million.

Brazil, Colombia, and have labour-intensive supply chains where informal work is prominent, whereas operations in the US and the European Union are far more mechanised.

Employment in wind power supports 1.2 million jobs.

Onshore projects predominate, but the offshore segment is gaining traction and could build in the offshore

Hydropower has the largest installed capacity of all renewables but is now expanding slowly.

The sector employs 2.1 million people directly, three quarters of whom are in operations and maintenance.



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First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 18:28 IST