TUESDAY 27 MARCH, 2012 |
Renewable Energy Employs 11,000 In Scotland
A major new jobs study from Scottish Renewables to be released later today
states over 11,000 people are employed in the country's domestic renewable
The industry group says the report, "Delivering the Ambition: employment in
renewable energy in Scotland," is the first comprehensive study of the
impact growing investment in renewable infrastructure such as wind, solar power,
hydro and tidal energy has had on equivalent posts in Scotland to date.
According to Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish
, "The report shows that renewables are not only a major part
of our energy mix, they are now a major part of our economy and our daily
working day lives, supporting more than 11,000 jobs across Scotland."
The study examined jobs growth from throughout the sector, with the results
showing 1,526 employees in renewable energy development and a further 8,701
employed in the direct supply chain. 909 jobs are involved in academia and the
wider public sector.
Scotland has previously committed to cutting its carbon emissions by 42 percent
by 2020 and to an ambitious goal of expanding renewable electricity capacity to
the equivalent of at
least 80 per cent
of demand by the end of the decade. Even by 2009,
renewable energy contributed over
of Scotland's electricity consumption.
There are currently 20 gigawatts of renewable energy projects under way in the
country with offshore wind power featuring heavily, which Mr Stuart says is
proof the industry is vital to Scotlandís economy by providing a buffer
against the global downturn.
"Renewable energy development is bringing in much-needed investment to the
wider economy, which is providing opportunities for businesses and people from a
wide range of sectors; whether it be electricians, tradesmen, and skippers of
work boats, or lawyers, consultants, civil engineers and architects."
Mr Stuart added the report didn't capture the flow-on effect of renewable energy
"These numbers are actually just the tip of the iceberg, with many
thousands more employees supported indirectly by the growth of the renewables
sector which have not been captured by this study."
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