Clean Energy Sector Sees Surge in Jobs, Fossil Fuel Employment Stagnant


The clean energy sector has witnessed a remarkable surge in job opportunities, reaching 35 million jobs, while the fossil fuel sector has remained stagnant at around 32 million jobs, according to a recent 2023 World Energy Employment Report.

The report highlights a growth of 4.7 million jobs in the clean energy sector over the past year, with notable contributions from construction and manufacturing roles. This trend is expected to continue, with a rising demand for skilled project managers as industries increasingly adopt project-based approaches.

George Asamani, Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at PMI, noted the significant potential for employment growth in the region as countries and corporations commit to reducing emissions and transitioning to clean energy. Africa, home to 60% of the world’s top solar sites but with only 1% of solar PV capacity, holds immense opportunities for clean energy projects and job creation.

Several African countries are leading the charge towards renewable energy, with Senegal aiming for 40% clean energy by 2030 and Ghana’s Ada Foah project set to produce 1,000 megawatts through tidal wave energy. Even oil-rich Nigeria is embracing renewables, targeting 60% of its energy demands from renewables by 2050.

Despite these positive developments, the clean energy sector faces challenges such as skilled labor shortages. The report emphasizes the need for increased certification and training in project management to meet the growing demand for high-skilled workers in the energy industry.

The World Energy Outlook Report projects a doubling of energy investment to over $200 billion per year by 2030 for Africa to achieve its energy-related development goals, including universal access to modern energy. Addressing the energy gap, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where 98% lack access to electricity, remains a crucial focus for sustainable development.

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