The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released figures showing clean power employed 11 million globally in 2018 – up from 10.3 million in 2017.

In its Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review IRENA indicates a constantly changing supply chain is bringing new areas into the employment mix, with the nations like Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam now contributing a greater share of the overall total.

“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,” said 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.”