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    Renewables jobs grow, but not for Mexico


    September 28, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      While most of the world's industries suffered the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic on their workforces, renewable energies, as sources of employment, reported an improvement during 2021.

      This was reported by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in its most recent report released last week, in which it states that in 2021 alone, the so-called clean sources for the energy transition, managed to generate 700 thousand jobs globally, with a total of 12.7 million jobs.

      However, this positive behavior of the industry is not enough to achieve the global goals in this area, as IRENA estimates that this industry will generate 38.2 million jobs by 2030, i.e., to achieve the goal, in the next eight years, starting in 2022, almost 3.2 million jobs per year must be generated, well above the average annual growth rate of the last ten years, which does not exceed one million jobs.

      And although there is great potential in the exponential growth that is being recorded in both South Asia and the Middle East, the outlook seems complicated to achieve the ambitious scenario, which for now does not consider the jobs generated in the energy efficiency industry, electric cars and green hydrogen.

      In detail, the report notes that nearly two thirds of employment in this industry is located in Asia, with China alone accounting for 42 percent of the global total, followed by Europe and Brazil, which account for 10 percent each, and the United States and India, with seven percent each.

      Likewise, the virus that stopped the world did not have such an effect on clean electricity generation, since at the end of 2012 the global installed capacity of 3 thousand gigawatts (GW) was surpassed, mainly due to solar photovoltaic projects in South Asia, as well as in the Middle East, which is having a green awakening.

      Finally, IRENA highlights that Mexico has become the largest manufacturer of wind turbine blades in the Western Hemisphere, although it points out a 40 percent drop in related jobs in the wind sector, to 6,933 in 2021.

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