There are more renewable energy jobs in China than anywhere else in the world, it has been revealed. According to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency, renewable energy jobs in China make up 43 percent of the world’s total.
An increase of 5.3 percent saw half a millions jobs added to the worldwide renewables sector in 2017. In total, there were approximately 10.3 million people employed in the sector last year, with China, Brazil, the US, India, Japan and Germany heading the countries at the top of the list.
The latest figures reveal China is increasingly pulling ahead, with twice as many renewable energy jobs than all other countries on the list combined.
Last year, solar jobs in the US dropped by 10,000 to 250,000, while the gap between the States and China is expected to widen further since the Trump administration imposed tariffs on imported cells in January. Such measures will likely see the loss of 23,000 more US jobs in the sector, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Meanwhile, the report notes that trade duties levied on Chinese solar products in 2012 and 2014 did nothing to boost American manufacturing.
The organisation expects to see 28 million more jobs in renewable energy worldwide by 2050, but warns that most will open up in “countries where attractive policies exist”.
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