A new report published by EurObserv'ER, the body that monitors trends in renewable energy in Europe, demonstrates that the renewable energy sector employed over one million people in Europe and created a turnover of around €143.6 billion in 2014.
According to the report – the State of Renewable Energies in Europe – the countries with the highest amount of renewable energy jobs were Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain, with the EU's smaller countries having the least jobs in the sector.
The report also states that wind energy has been the driver of investments in renewables over recent years. Between 2013 and 2014, investments in renewable energy generation projects increased significantly, mainly in wind energy. While the market for photovoltaic energy has flattened in Europe at the same period, the sector still had a turnover of €16.4 billion and accounted for 120,000 jobs. Heat pumps and biofuels came in next with turnovers of €13.8 billion and €13.4 billion respectively. Biogas, small hydro, solar thermal and geothermal all had a turnover in the range of €1.3 – 6.1 billion.
For further information, please visit the relevant DG ENERGY website: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/news/over-one-million-jobs-renewable-energy