L – Will the energy transition kill jobs?

Per megawatt-hour generated, renewables create more jobs than the fossil and nuclear sectors, and most of those jobs occur at home, not abroad. Germany already has twice as many people employed in the renewables sector than in all other energy sectors combined.

energytransition.de - graphic: Two third of Germans support Energiewende

The transition to renewable energy is a job engine. An estimated 377,000 jobs had been created in the renewables sector in Germany by 2012, far more than the 182,000 people working in all of the country’s other energy sectors combined. By 2020, more than 600,000 people are expected to work in the renewables sector – roughly as many as are currently employed in the automotive industry. These figures do not include countless jobs in the construction sector and related trades working on energy efficiency. An ambitious efficiency strategy could step up this trend, leading to the creation of more than 250,000 additional new jobs by 2020.

Simply put, renewables and efficiency replace oil and uranium imports with local added value, keep jobs in Germany, and have a net job creation effect.

energytransition.de - graphic: Renewables create more jobs

These figures represent “gross job creation,” meaning the absolute number of jobs that have been added. A thorough study of the German market estimates a net job creation of around 80,000, rising to 100,000 – 150,000 in the period from 2020 to 2030. One reason why renewables have such a tremendous positive impact on net job creation is that renewable power directly offsets power from nuclear plants, and very few people work in those sectors.

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