"Global renewable energy sector employed 9.8 million people in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over 2015. Jobs in renewables, excluding large hydropower, increased by 2.8% to reach 8.3 million in 2016.
Gender discrimination in renewable energy employment seems less pronounced than in the energy sector at large. However, challenges to employment and promotion remain. To understand regional dynamics, IRENA, BNEF, and CEBC conducted a survey in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to identify the barriers to entry as well as actions to address gender discrimination in the clean energy labour markets. Actions include: mentorship and training, support for parenting, fair and transparent processes, and targets for diversity." - IRENA (Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2017)
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