Energy Blue Print
Key results - China

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 China at every stage of the projection, despite signficant reductions in fossil fuel jobs in both scenarios.

  • There are 6 million energy sector jobs in the Energy [R]evolution scenario in 2015, and 5.5 million in the Reference scenario.
  • In 2020, there are 4.7 million jobs in the Energy [R]evolution scenario, and 4.2 million in the Reference scenario.
  • In 2030, there are 3.2 million jobs in the Energy [R]evolution scenario and 2.8 million in the Reference scenario.

Figure 5.131 shows the change in job numbers under both scenarios for each technology between 2010 and 2030. Jobs in the coal sector decline sharply in both scenarios, reflecting significant increases in productivity in China’s coal industry.

Strong growth in the renewable sector compensates for some of the losses in the coal industry, so jobs in the Energy [R]evolution scenario are generally 0.5 million higher than jobs in the Reference scenario. Renewable energy accounts for 47% of energy jobs by 2030.