Clean Energy Will Create More Jobs Than Coal
According to a study conducted by the environmental group Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREG), clean energy will create more jobs than coal. By 2030, there will have been 2.7 million more jobs created than if countries were to stay on their current paths of burning coal and other fossil fuels for energy. These findings are the ammunition needed to urge countries around the world to agree to a new United Nations pact in which the nations combat global environmental issues. They are using employment as a way of steering people towards the pact.
“A switch from coal to renewable electricity generation will not just avoid 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions, but will create 2.7 million more jobs by 2030 than if we continue business as usual,” the report said.
If strong policies for renewables pan out, it is projected that the number of jobs in power would rise by 2 million to 11.3 million by 2030 which would be helped by a large increase in renewable energy jobs: 6.9 million from 1.9 million. That same study found that if governments were to stay on coal as their predominant energy provider, there would be a loss of half a million jobs resulting in about 8.6 million jobs in energy.
Although the cost of labor would rise for companies that use these renewable energies, their cost of production would be reduced, so there would actually be more money made. In the wind industry alone, the report suggested, there could be as many as 2.03 million people employed by 2030, up from half a million in 2010.
The report also suggested that for the first time in 2008, the European Union and the United States produced more energy from renewable sources than from conventional sources such as nuclear, gas, coal, and oil. This has environmental proponents happy. With this study, more attention will be paid to renewable energies from an environmental perspective, but also, more importantly to governments, from an economical perspective.