May 15: The green sector in India will see an increase in the workforce to around 300,000 in four years, says a report released by the International Labour Organisation. According to the report titled World Employment Social Outlook 2018, the green sector will employ around 300,000 workers by 2022 in an attempt to achieve the goal of generating 175 gigawatts of power from renewable source that includes solar and wind energy sectors.
The report however mentions that the figures are estimates, adding that it depends on additional factors like the domestic capacity of solar module manufacturing and the establishment of vocational training programmes and certification schemes.
The contribution will be through direct employment in the fields of solar and wind energy, which collectively would offer double the number of jobs than it offered in 2009. Both solar and wind energy sectors accounted to around 154,000 jobs in 2009 according to the estimates by the Council on Enrgy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC).
The report also mentions that the global outlook towards global warming will act as the catalyst for employment generation in the green sector. The efforts to limit global warming will cut down a share of jobs from the respective sector, but will cause job generation of much higher figures in the greens sector.
Around 24 million jobs are expected to be generated by 20130 as a result of measures deployed to control global warming, while the same is expected to take away the jobs of around 6 million with its effect on agriculture and loss of productivity due to illnesses.