With each passing year, several countries around the globe, including Australia, expressed their interest in using renewable sources of energy as the world temperature got higher and the effects of climate change became more severe. When it comes to renewable energy, solar is one of the biggest sectors. The number of people switching from non-renewable sources of energy to renewable energy sources is rapidly increasing all over the world. In this guide, the impact of renewable energy on the job sector is being discussed.
While the world is moving to a good change, this change has made a lot of people worried. Along with Australia, several other countries have made goals of achieving net zero emissions by the year 2050. This means that the production of energy through non-renewable energy sources such as gas, fossil-fuel, and so on will come to an end. In order to make the world a better and healthier place for us and the future generations, the end of these industries is a must.
Even though the end of this energy generation means that electricity will come with a lower price tag and the environment will slowly become cleaner and healthier, there are countless people who are worried about their jobs and lifestyles.
There are millions of people who work in mines, mills, and so on where non-renewable sources of energy are used or burned to generate electricity. These people are worried about what will happen if this wide sector comes to an end.
As the world is moving towards the use and development of renewable sources of energy, the dependency on non-renewable sources of energy is decreasing. The reason behind this is that the electricity generation by renewable energy sources is much cheaper and cleaner compared to that produced by the non-renewable sources.
As renewable energy sources are gaining more popularity and are being developed all over the world, the job opportunities in this sector are also increasing. For instance, if we talk about solar power, there are several solar components being manufactured all around the globe with hundreds of companies installing or selling them to the public. Starting from the accumulation of raw materials to manufacture components to the final step of solar power system installation, manpower is required in every step.
Similar to solar power, electricity generated by using wind and water and the installation and manufacture of these components also requires manpower. Not only do these jobs are for the betterment of the world and the environment, the pollution in the working area is very less compared to the pollution present in coal mines, fossil-fuel plants, and so on. Not only do those jobs cause a risk to human health, but also releases carbon dioxide and other poisonous gases into the surrounding area.
Over the years, we have seen people trying to put obstacles in the way of climate policies with the excuse of people losing their jobs in these non-renewable energy sectors. However, research and studies show that the job opportunities in the sector of water, wind, and solar power will significantly outweigh those in the fossil-fuel, coal mines, and so on. Studies show that job opportunities will increase about 5 times. The global renewable jobs in today’s date are about 4.4 million. However, by the year 2050, this number will exceed 22 million, with a huge increase in the wind and solar power departments.
Reaching net zero is highly important for Australia and several other countries all over the world. Over the past few years, we have noticed some of the scariest wildfires in Australia and many countries. The countries have lost several acres of jungles, animals, and many people lost their lives, homes, loved ones, and so on. A significant reason behind the occurrence of these fires and other natural disasters is the harmful effects of global warming and climate change.
According to a report prepared by the expert researchers of Canada’s University of British Columbia, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and European Institute on Economics and the Environment in Milan, Italy, there will be a significant job loss in the sectors of fossil-fuel, natural gas, and coal mines, as the demand of electricity generated using non-renewable energy sources will slowly come to an end. In the meantime, the job opportunities in sectors such as solar power, water and wind power will increase significantly as the demand for more renewable power sources will increase all over the world. This increase will not help the environment but will also help the economy as the unemployment rate will decrease significantly.
In many countries around the globe, electricity has to be imported from other countries to meet the demand of households, businesses, and so on. This costs a lot of money due to the high cost of electricity import which in turn increases the electricity rates of both residential and commercial properties. When a country will be able to completely rely on renewable sources of energy and generate their own electricity, the demand for imported electricity will come to an end, causing the government to save millions per year. This money can later be used in other projects or development plans for the betterment of the public.
There is no doubt that renewable jobs will have a positive effect on the job sector in the future. Net zero emissions is not only an achievement, as days go by, it is becoming a requirement to make sure that people are living a healthy and good life. The effects of climate change and global warming are getting severe with each passing day and strict actions are required to save the planet. As the renewable job sector will have significantly more job opportunities compared to the non-renewable job sector, there is nothing to worry about when it comes to gradually shutting down these energy generation sectors.