Energy Blue Print
Key results - Africa

Moving from principles to action for energy supply that mitigates against climate change requires a long-term perspective. Energy infrastructure takes time to build up; new energy technologies take time to develop. Policy shifts often also need many years to take effect. In most world regions the transformation from fossil to renewable energies will require additional investment and higher supply costs over about twenty years

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future employment in the energy sector

The Energy [R]evolution scenario results in more energy sector jobs in Africa at every stage of the projection.

  • There are 3.5 million energy sector jobs in the Energy [R]evolution scenario in 2015, and 2.8 million in the Reference scenario.
  • In 2020, there are 3.7 million jobs in the Energy [R]evolution scenario, and 3 million in the Reference scenario.
  • In 2030, there are 3.5 million jobs in the Energy [R]evolution scenario and 3.2 million in the Reference scenario.

Figure 5.66 shows the change in job numbers under both scenarios for each technology between 2010 and 2030. Jobs in the Reference scenario increase by 16% by 2030. Bionergy accounts for the largest share of jobs in both scenarios.

Strong growth in renewable energy leads to an increase of 28% in energy sector jobs in the Energy [R]evolution scenario by 2015. Energy jobs increase to 36% above 2010 levels by 2020, and are still 28% above 2010 levels in 2030. Renewable energy accounts for 73% of energy sector jobs by 2030, with biomass having the largest share (46%), followed by solar heating.