Gulf State's Renewable Energy Future

THE International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) believes that the success of Gulf states in achieving their renewable energy goals could create 116,000 jobs annually in the Middle East until 2030.

IRENA pointed out that the Gulf countries have started executing renewable energy projects and setting long-term goals to encourage the spread and adoption of these projects. They have also taken tangible steps to diversify energy sources for economic and environmental reasons.

­IRENA issued a report entitled, “Renewable Energy and Jobs” on the announcement of the Green Festival, to be held in cooperation with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Reed Exhibitions during the World Future Energy Summit, which will be held from January 20 to January 22 in Abu Dhabi.

According to the agency, if the region tries to build a strong industrial base in the fields of renewable energy, it has to enhance job pioneers who will innovate and provide new jobs for the growing number of youths and support them.

The report also points out that, “Renewable energy currently provides jobs for around 6 million people worldwide. It is also expected that doubling the share of renewable energy among the global energy sources could contribute to increasing this figure to more than 16 million in the next two decades.”

Picture of renewable energy by Jürgen from Sandesneben, Germany (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Monday 13th January 2014

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