To say clean energy is having a banner year so far would be an understatement. Despite major setbacks in 2018, ranging from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) director Scott Pruitt cutting major funding and initiatives on a national level, to Trump administration support of coal and fossil fuels, to the well publicized withdrawal from the Paris Accord, we came back fighting.
Emilygrene Corp. and our clients are proud to support renewable resources and to actively install clean energy technology that inspires new ways of doing business. We believe in doing our part now. Our friends at the We Are Still In coalition and the Environmental Defense Fund lead the way in this fight to bring together states, businesses, and individuals who still envision greener horizons.
California, Rhode Island, New York, and New Mexico have demonstrated what governments can accomplish when we work together and push for legislation and funding toward massive energy overhauls. And now, for the first time, clean energy is reported to be employing more than 10 million people around the world based on a study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The agency’s fifth Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review recorded 10.3 million workers across the clean energy industry. According to director-general of IRENA Adnan Z. Amin, “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.”
Solar energy dominates the industry with the total number of solar jobs growing 9 percent to 3.4 million. The report also commented on the regionalization of clean energy jobs, meaning that a vast majority of these jobs exist in specific regions where policies exist to support green energy, including China, Japan, the United States, India, and Bangladesh.
These statistics help to emphasize why education and promotion are so essential to progress. When you share your story, tell a friend, go to a rally, donate to your favorite organization, or make the transition to clean technology, you are making a statement. When our statements grow in numbers, we send a message to our politicians and decision makers that change is needed now. Around the world, that message has translated into real projects and initiatives that have yielded real jobs and economic growth.
The IRENA review also left us with one more staggering forecast: a total of 28 million clean energy jobs by 2050. Our voices are being heard and because of that change is taking shape now and in the future.