Where it is growing: Just six countries owned 70 percent of that growth: the US, China, India, Brazil, Germany, and Japan. Asia is now home to four-fifths of all renewable-energy jobs.
Which types of energy? The production of photovoltaic panels accounted for the largest number (3.4 million) of renewable jobs in 2017, including a 9 percent increase over the previous year. Two-thirds of those jobs were located in China, the top producer of panels worldwide.
Why it matters: A select few countries are leading the charge in both building and installing renewable-energy capacity. The report also offers tangible evidence of the industry’s power to create jobs on a large scale. That should appeal to anyone worried that it’s eating into jobs in the fossil fuels sector.
Bonus reading: Earlier this year we spoke to a woman working in one of these energy jobs of the future.
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