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Poll: Will the majority of future energy jobs be in renewables?



The global energy industry is a major employer of technical and engineering professionals across a variety of sectors, from Oil & Gas to Nuclear and Renewables. But as governments around the world embark on the energy transition, will the majority of future energy jobs be in renewables? That’s the question we’re asking you in this week’s EngineeringPro poll.

Whilst oil and gas continue to provide the majority of the world’s energy needs, we’re seeing an ever-increasing proportion of global energy demand being fulfilled by renewable sources such as Solar PV and offshore wind.

It’s a picture that’s echoed in BP’s latest Energy Outlook 2019 which was revealed to the world last week. Within the Outlook BP modelled an ‘Evolving Transition’ scenario which assumes that government policies, technologies and societal preferences continue along current trends. If this is the case then ‘85% of the growth in energy supply (will be) generated through renewable energy and natural gas, with renewables becoming the largest source of global power generation by 2040.’
Will the majority of future energy jobs be in renewables?
BP’s Energy Outlook also emphasises the unprecedented rate at which renewable sources will grow- ‘The pace at which renewable energy penetrates the global energy system is faster than for any fuel in history.’

If BP is correct, then renewables will be the source of our future energy supplies. It makes sense in that scenario to presume that the majority of future energy jobs will be in renewables.

Already, renewable energy jobs have grown to their highest ever level according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), with 11 million people employed by the sector worldwide in 2018. On a more local-level, a recent report by Solarcentury suggests that the UK solar PV sector could create 200,000 jobs by 2030.
In the future, will the majority of energy generation jobs be the renewables industry?
Government’s the world over certainly seem to view renewables projects as great sources of job creation. “Beyond climate goals, governments are prioritising renewables as a driver of low-carbon economic growth in recognition of the numerous employment opportunities created by the transition to renewables,” says Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA. “Renewables deliver on all main pillars of sustainable development – environmental, economic and social. As the global energy transformation gains momentum, this employment dimension reinforces the social aspect of sustainable development and provides yet another reason for countries to commit to renewables.”

Have your say

Is Spencer Dale, Group Chief Economist of BP, correct when he says that “The world of energy is changing”? Will the majority of future energy jobs be in renewables? Vote in the poll at the top of this page or comment below.

The results will be published along with the best comments on Monday 24th June and will be featured in next week’s EngineeringPro newsletter.
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