UNITED NATIONS: Over 300,000 workers will be employed in the solar and wind energy sectors in India to meet the country’s target of generating 175 gigawatts of electricity from renewable sources by 2022, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has estimated in a report.
The ILO said in its annual flagship report on the state of the global job market that action to combat climate change could create millions of new job opportunities and “more than” offset losses in traditional industries.
The UN labour agency said that 24 million new posts “will be created globally by 2030”, but added that “the right policies to promote a greener economy” must also be in place for this to happen, along with better social safety nets for workers.
The report ‘World Employment and Social Outlook 2018: Greening with jobs’ said India has set itself the goal of generating 175 gigawatts of electricity from renewable sources by 2022, which corresponds to around half of its total electricity production.
The report cited estimates by The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) that say that based on surveys of solar and wind companies, developers and manufacturers, over 300,000 workers will be employed in the solar and wind energy sectors in India to meet the 2022 target.