Schneider Electric is supporting the launch of the #PoweringJobs campaign, a global effort to ensure the creation of an energy access workforce.
It’s estimated that scaling off-grid renewables can create 4.5 million jobs by 2030. But of the 10.3 million renewable energy jobs in the world, just 76,000 are in Africa.
#PoweringJobs brings together companies, multilateral agencies, trade associations, research institutes and civil society organisations, with the goal of moving skills and training from the margins to the centre of international and national policy.
It is currently conducting the first comprehensive jobs survey of the energy access sector, with an initial focus on India, Kenya and Nigeria. The goal is to conduct an annual survey that eventually covers all countries facing an energy access challenge. The survey will inform a report, and related calls to action, that will be launched in the first part of 2019.
This year is a pivotal one for the topic of jobs and training in the global development agenda. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8, focused on ensuring decent work and economic growth for all by 2030, is one of the SDGs which will receive high-level international attention, and therefore an opportunity to put energy access skills in the spotlight.