Solar power, wind, biomass, hydro and hydrogen – Renewable Energy is a ground-breaking industry in the Engineering & Infrastructure space. Professionals in Renewable Energy are part of the world’s fastest-growing energy industry and truly make a difference.
In any discussion about global warming, Renewable Energy usually tops the list of changes the world can implement to stave off the worst effects of rising temperatures. The move towards the use of Renewable Energy has necessitated the creation of instruments to help tackle climate change.
The Paris Accord signed in 2015 at the World Climate Summit was the first binding global objective aimed at tackling climate change. Not only does the agreement have a positive effect on the environment but it has been be responsible for sustained job creation in Renewable Energy. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the agreement will eventually lead to an increase in employment in the sector of up to more than 24 million people.
Europe’s energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine is boosting green hydrogen, and in the US, “big business” has also had a significant impact on renewable energy. The US has seen a significant increase in the procurement of renewable power as corporate heavy hitters and industrial giants lock down low energy prices for the next 12 to 15 years. Almost all major corporations have invested in a greener future with renewable energy sources. The RE100, which lists 189 businesses that have committed to sourcing energy from 100% renewable means, is just one initiative that champions the shift towards a carbon-neutral future.
As the world moves towards more sustainable energy alternatives, global decarbonization will require wind and solar farms, but securing enough land, creating a resilient supply chain and finding top talent to make it all happen is a huge task. Still, the future is bright - Renewable Energy back in 2019 supplied more of Americas electricity than coal for the first time. This is evidence that Renewable Energy has gone mainstream, meaning there will be an increasing number of stable, long-term career opportunities.