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The Geothermal Industry provides nearly 185,000 jobs worldwide

Screenshot of Geothermal Plant Map within IRENA's Global Atlas
Francisco Rojas 12 May 2014

The Study "Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014" from IRENA exposes that Renewables employ currently 6,5 million people across the globe.

In the latest edition of the annual report from IRENA, “Renewable Energy and Jobs”, it was exposed that there are 6,5 million jobs directly linked to the renewable energy industry, from which 185,000 are thanks to the geothermal sector.

The growth in the renewable energy industry has been gaining momentum in the last dew decades and it is safe to say that it is now a proper mainstream industrial sector. “With 6.5 million people directly or indirectly employed in renewable energy, the sector is proving that it is no longer a niche, it has become a significant employer worldwide,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “The insights into shifts along segments of the value-chain revealed in the report are crucial to developing policy that strengthens job growth in this important sector of the economy.”

The same report informs that China has and will have a more important role in the industry, stating that “Surging demand for solar PV in China and Japan has increased employment in the installation sector and eased some PV module over-supply concerns,” said Rabia Ferroukhi, heading the Knowledge, Policy and Finance division at IRENA and lead author of the report. 

Geothermal is still behind other renewables, yet the strength of said industry is gaining momentum.

Link to the Report: Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014

Source: IRENA Website