Canadians are all for the clean energy transition, a road that will charge your car, and another reason to love LEGO.
Approaching the eighth digit
Nearly 10 million clean energy jobs today, with potentially 14 million more to come by 2030: that’s what the International Renewable Energy Agency finds in a report released last week. The biggest employer is solar power, which was responsible for 3.1 million jobs in 2016—a 12.1 per cent jump over 2015. China, meanwhile, employed 3.6 million people in clean energy, while the U.S. employed 777,000 (yes, someone should send this report to U.S. President Donald Trump).
According to IRENA director-general Adnan Amin, who Clean Energy Canada interviewed in Vancouver earlier this month, even countries like oil-rich Saudi Arabia have started transitioning to renewable energy. “Three weeks ago, we launched a new initiative in Saudi Arabia for a $50-billion investment in renewable energy,” he said. “They’re doing this not because they’ve suddenly become climate advocates or they’re against oil, but because they see the future in a very different way, and they know that energy in the future is not going to be what it is today.”