An international Report: Jordan is in a Global Advanced Position for RE Jobs



The International Renewable Energy Agency indicated that Jordan is among 4 Asian countries in the top ten in the world in terms of creating jobs in the renewable energy sector. The agency estimates that global employment in the cooling and heating sector using solar energy amounted to 832.3 thousand jobs. The top five countries account for 93% of all jobs, and among the top ten, four (China, India, Turkey, and Jordan) are from Asia and three (the United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain) are from Europe. Asia accounts for 88% of the global total, with a total of 727,000 jobs. In a recent report, the agency estimated that the volume of employment in the renewable energy field worldwide reached about 11.5 million in 2019, up from 11 million in 2018. Women occupy 32% of these jobs. The agency said that most of the jobs were created in a small number of countries, but the benefits of employment appeared on a larger scale, especially through the deployment of solar photovoltaic technologies, at a time when Asia accounted for 63% of the total jobs in renewables worldwide. The solar PV industry projects ranked first in creating jobs with 33% of the total workforce in the renewable energy field in 2019, while 87% of the global PV employment was concentrated in the ten countries that led the global spread and equipment production. Energy projects using ethanol achieved growth in production by 2%, and 13% in biodiesel projects in the year 2019, thus expanding biofuel jobs around the world to 2.5 million, and the largest increase in jobs was in Brazil, Colombia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, while Production decreased in the United States and the European Union. As for wind energy, it supports 1.2 million jobs, 21% of which are occupied by women, while hydroelectric power has the largest installed capacity of all renewable energy sources, but its growth is slowing. At a time when the sector employs nearly two million people directly, many of them in operations and maintenance. The report said that the Covid-19 pandemic reinforced the importance of strong policies for renewables to achieve social, economic and environmental goals, however, the employment number is likely to decline further in the year 2020, due to construction delays during the COVID19 lockdown, which caused staff shortages due to the travel ban.