Solar, wind energy sector to employ 3 lakhs people by 2022

It is coming not less than a surprise that India, to achieve the target of producing 175 gigawatts of

electricity from renewable resources by 2022, will be employing 3 lakhs people in the solar and wind

energy sector. This is an estimation of the International Labour Organisation and it was published in

a report.

ILO published the estimates in its annual flagship report on the condition of the global employment

market that will combat climate change and it will create millions of job opportunities for millions of

people. The UN labour agency further said that 24 million new posts will be created around the

world by 2030 but also added that there should be right policies to promote greener economy along

with safer zones for the workers.

The report named, ‘World Employment and Social Outlook 2018: Greening with jobs’ stated that

India has set a goal of generating 175 gigawatts of electricity through renewable resources of energy

by 2022 and this will be equal to half of its total annual electricity production. The estimated in the

reports was cited by The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the Natural

Resources Defence Council (NRDC) and that further said that India has to hire at least 3 lakhs

workers in its solar and wind energy sector to meet the target.

For this, there will be a need of conducting vocational training programs and certificate schemes.

India has already made environmental sustainability as its larger objective in its twelfth five-year

plan (2012-17) and it is setting up comprehensive programs to for skill development at the national


The ILO report further said that this would reduce the six million jobs of industries that are

dependent on the carbon-based production but in future with more sustainable energy, more jobs

will be created. India along with France has initiated an International Solar Alliance at the UN

Climate Change Conference in Paris in November 2015.

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