Work and Climate Change Report

Employment in Renewable Energy

State of Renewable Energies in Europe, a bilingual document in French and English, was released in February and compares the main statistics on the renewable energy market in the 27 European Union countries for the years 2009 and 2010. Official 2010 data will only be available by 2013, but the group responsible, EurObserv’ER, has proven to be remarkably accurate in its past estimates. It describes and quantifies 9 renewable sectors including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal. For each type of energy, and for each country, it provides estimates of direct and indirect job creation: it estimates total renewable energy based employment at 1.11 million people in 2010 – a 25% increase from 2009. The top employer is solid biomass, followed by photovoltaic and wind power. The final chapter focuses on seven EU regions which have particularly high amounts of RES investments in 2010.



State of Renewable Energies in Europe is available at:, with more detailed data provided and searchable at the EurObserv’ER website at:


Related reports which discuss the market (but not employment) for renewables:

Wind in power: 2011 European statistics (February 2012) from the European Wind Energy Association at:


Global wind statistics 2011 (4 pages) is available from the Global Wind Energy Council at: