Energy’s new reality
The energy transition hit another new milestone last week. For the first time, global clean energy jobs now outnumber jobs in fossil fuels, according to a new analysis from the International Energy Agency. The study found that 40 million people, making up 56% of the total energy workforce, now work in clean energy related jobs.
Since the pandemic, clean energy has made up “virtually all of the growth in energy employment,” largely thanks to new manufacturing hubs in China, “notably solar, electric vehicles and batteries.”
There are signs of a global shift at the local level too. Like the workers in West Virginia coal country who are seeing more and more job opportunities in clean energy. Or the former oil and gas employee in Newfoundland who is now teaching solar skills programs in remote communities (on that note, check out Iron And Earth’s new Climate Career Portal that links oil and gas employees as well as Indigenous communities with the renewable energy sector).
As we’ve said before: clean energy isn’t just a hope for the future—it’s already our new reality.