18 June 2021 | Reading 12 mins.

Investment in skills is key to realising the clean energy transition

Worker at the National Wind Technology Center at National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Photo: NREL


Nick Ferris
Data journalist, MA in Investigative Journalism

Nick Ferris, Data journalist, MA in Investigative Journalism

In partnership with ENERGY MONITOR

Governments worldwide are accelerating the energy transition, but a lack of skilled workers risks creating bottlenecks in the roll-out of clean technology.

Workers are at the heart of the energy transition – employment in the energy sector will increase from 58 million in 2017 to 100 million in 2050, predicts the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Its data also show that renewable energy job growth will significantly outweigh losses in the nuclear and fossil fuels sectors – but for this transformation to become reality, the world needs a skills and training revolution. Jobs and skills must be at the heart of every post-Covid energy transition and economic growth plan.

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This article was originally published in ENERGY MONITOR. Energy Monitor is part of the New Statesman Media Group. Their mission is to explain how the world is changing for decision makers in need of data-driven answers.