Energy Blue Print
Employment projections

The Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney modelled the effects of the Reference scenario and Energy [R]evolution Scenario on jobs in the energy sector. This section provides a simplified overview of how the calculations were performed.

employment in the renewable heating sector

Employment in the renewable heat sector includes jobs in installation, manufacturing, and fuel supply. This analysis includes only jobs associated with fuel supply in the biomass sector, and jobs in installation and manufacturing for direct heat from solar, geothermal and heat pumps. It is therefore only a partial estimate of jobs in this sector.

employment in solar heating

In the Energy [R]evolution scenario, solar heating would provide 13% of total heat supply by 2030, and would employ 1.7 million people. Growth is much more modest in the Reference scenario, with solar heating providing less than 1% of heat supply, and employing only 75 thousand people.

employment in geothermal and heat pump heating

In the Energy [R]evolution scenario, geothermal and heat pump heating would provide 10% of total heat supply by 2030, and would employ 582 thousand people. Growth is much more modest in the Reference scenario, with geothermal and heat pump heating providing less than 1% of heat supply, and employing only 11 thousand people.

employment in biomass heat

In the Energy [R]evolution scenario, biomass heat would provide 27% of total heat supply by 2030, and would employ 2.6 million people in the supply of biomass feedstock. Growth is slightly less in the Reference scenario, with biomass heat providing 22% of heat supply, and employing 2.3 million people.