More people now work in clean energy than in fossil fuels

Nearly 40 million people worldwide work in jobs related to clean energy, according to a Sept. 8 report from the International Energy Agency. For the first time ever, clean energy jobs outnumber those involved in producing, transporting, and burning fossil fuels.


  • Since the pandemic, clean energy has accounted for "virtually all of the growth in energy employment," the report says.
  • The report projects clean energy job growth to steam ahead, adding at least 13 million new jobs by 2030.
  • Clean energy jobs include building solar panels, producing crops for biofuels, operating wind farms, selling electric vehicles, and others.

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