Clean Energy Defeats Fossil Fuels

With 35 million jobs worldwide, clean energy has exceeded the number of jobs available in the traditional fossil fuel sector (32 million) for the first time in 2021. Clean energy jobs are growing at more than 3.6 times the rate of fossil fuel jobs. Clean energy sectors added 4.7 million jobs globally, while fossil fuel jobs recovered more slowly after layoffs in 2020 and remain around 1.3 million below pre-pandemic employment levels. Over half of the job growth in clean energy since 2019 is attributable to solar photovoltaic (PV) cell, wind, electric vehicle (EV) and battery manufacturing, heat pump, and critical mineral mining.

Overall, India has the third-highest number of workers in the energy space, after China and Asia-Pacific regions. In India, fossil fuel employment rose above pre-pandemic levels of 2019. On the other hand, the country also saw the fourth-highest number of new clean energy jobs being generated.


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